Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)

Student Health Services provides confidential counseling for Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) prevention and risk reduction. Student Health offers STI screening, diagnosis and treatment and immunizations for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and HPV (Gardasil) for a fee.

A person can contract an STI when they engage in unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex or by contact with an infected sore or ulcer on someone’s body. Condoms can dramatically reduce your risk of contracting STIs when used consistently and correctly, but they do not provide 100 percent protection.

Common STIs

Select any STI and you will be taken to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for more information about the STI, treatments, and prevention and precaution tips.

Signs and Symptoms

Some STIs cause no symptoms, and many people with STIs have no symptoms. Some common symptoms can include:

  • Unusual genital discharge
  • Burning or pain during urination or a bowel movement
  • Bumps, blisters, ulcers, or sores near the mouth or genitals
  • Flu-like symptoms, including fever, chills, and aches
  • Swelling in the groin area
  • Abdominal discomfort

Prevention and Precautions

Since a person who has a STI may have no symptoms, health officials recommend that if you are sexually active you should know your STI status.  Get regular check-ups and STI screenings with your healthcare provider. If you know you are infected you can take steps to protect yourself and your partners.

STIs can be prevented by practicing safer sex, by abstaining from sex, by learning about your partner’s sexual history, and by avoiding contact with abnormal bumps, ulcers or sores.

Additional Information

Centers for Disease Control

Mason Student Support and Advocacy Center

Planned Parenthood

Fairfax County Department of Health

PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) Information