Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections transmitted through sexual contact with an infected person. Anyone can become infected and some individuals are infected after only one sexual encounter.
Many viral infections, such as Herpes, Genital Warts (Human Papilloma Virus), HIV and Hepatitis B can be treated and managed, but there is no known “cure” for these STIs. Hepatitis C is a viral infection with options for a cure. Bacterial STIs such as Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis usually respond to antibiotics. However, antibiotic resistance is a growing concern. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers Gonorrhea drug resistance an urgent threat.
You can help prevent STIs through safer sexual behavior, in particular consistent and correct condom use. Stamps Health Services provides low cost testing to students and eligible spouses.
Regardless of your gender identity,
- If you have a concern regarding the vagina, uterus or related sex organs, you can schedule an appointment in Women’s Health.
- Primary Care is best to evaluate concerns involving the penis, testicles or related sex organs. Information on men’s health services can be found here.
- Pain or burning with urination
- Unusual discharge
- Genital skin changes (sores, blisters, rash, growths)
- Pelvic pain
- Testicular or penile pain
You should be tested for STIs if you have symptoms, are currently sexually active, have a new sexual partner, have multiple sexual partners, have had unprotected sex, have been diagnosed with a STI in the past and/or share injection needles.
To schedule an appointment to get tested or treated
- Primary Care – Patient Portal, or call 404.894.1420
- Women’s Health – Patient Portal, or call 404.894.1434
Stamps Health Services provides HIV prevention and treatment support
- PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) to reduce the risk HIV infection along with safer sex practices. Additional information on PrEP can be found at the CDC.
- PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) to help prevent HIV infection after a potential HIV exposure. PEP is for people who have potentially been exposed to HIV in the previous 72 hours. PEP is a month-long medication treatment. Visit the CDC for more information.
- HIV treatment support including coordinated care with infectious disease and mental health specialists, laboratory testing and prescription refill assistance.
LGBTQIA Care at Stamps Health Services
Counseling and support for concerns regarding sexual trauma
- Georgia Tech sexual assault response with resources on sexual violence and services offered by the Georgia Tech Counseling Center.
- VOICE, Georgia Tech's sexual and relationship violence prevention and survivor support initiative. 404.894.9000 24 hours per day.
More information on specific STIs
You can help protect yourself against some infections transmitted through sexual activity. Available vaccinations include:
- HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
Information on sexual health and free condom distribution is available here.