What’s the difference between an STI and an STD?

What’s the difference between an STI and an STD?

Not all diseases begin with an infection. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) first begin as a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STIs).

This means that infectious organisms (Bacteria) make their way into the body. STI is a more accurate term in representing the transmission of an infectious organism like Gonorrhoea. However, as these organisms multiply and spread, they eventually cause more symptoms to show.

This is where we start to define them as STDs.

Before an STD becomes an STI, symptoms may go un-noticed. So, the best thing to do is get tested. This way you are warning past partners if you test positive and preventing future partners from transmitting any disease.