Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) | Complications

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Should I be checked for STIs?

See your doctor if you're at risk for having an STI, if you have any of the symptoms, or if you have concerns about whether you have one. STIs can cause serious health problems if left untreated.

For example, chlamydia can lead to problems that can cause women not to be able to have children (infertility). HPV can lead to cancer of the cervix or penis, and syphilis can lead to paralysis, mental problems, heart damage, blindness and even death.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 01/00

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