Five Questions about Sexually Transmitted Infections/Diseases and the Answers!

The medical clinic at Care Net Pregnancy Center of Southern Maryland is overseen by Dr. Ejiroghene Onos, MD and managed daily by our Nurse Manager, Kara Turing, BSN, RN.  In today’s blog, Kara addresses the top 5 questions about Sexually Transmitted Infections/Diseases.  Let’s get right to it!

Q: What is an STI/STD?

A: STI/STD stands for sexually transmitted infection/sexually transmitted disease. They are spread from person to person through sexual activity including vaginal, anal, and oral sex.

Q: How do I know if I have an STI/STD?

A: In order to know for sure, you must be tested. Testing looks different depending on where you go and which STI/STD is being checked for. Testing can include blood work, urine sample, or a physical exam to get a sample.

Q: What are some symptoms of STI/STDs?

A: STI/STDs don’t always have symptoms or they can have very mild symptoms that you may not realize mean something more. That is why it is so important to get tested if you have ANY concerns for an STI/STD. A few common symptoms of STI/STDs are: burning with urination, discharge from vagina/penis, bumps around infected area, genital itching or pain with sex.

Q: Are STI/STDs treatable?

A: Yes!  STI/STDs are easily treated and most can be cured with the appropriate medical care. It is crucial to get seen quickly by a medical provider to get the right diagnosis and treatment.  Always follow ALL the directions on how you take any medication that is prescribed to you for an STI/STD.

Q: Where can I get tested for STI/STDs?

A: Care Net Pregnancy Center of Southern Maryland will do FREE testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, and syphilis for both men and women. Your local Health Department, hospital, or primary care provider can also do testing for STI/STDs.

Kara Turing, Nurse Manager


Kara Turing is the Nurse Manager at Care Net Pregnancy Center of Southern Maryland.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Cedarville University in Ohio and previously worked in the Emergency Department at St. Mary’s Medstar Hospital.