Protect Your Sexual Health
Most forms of contraception are ineffective in preventing the spread of STDs/STIs, which is why it’s essential to get tested after having sexual contact.
Many STDs/STIs don’t have immediate symptoms, so you can be infected and not realize it for a while. Not having symptoms is one of the reasons many people choose not to get tested.
Healthcare professionals can treat most STDs/STIs easily. Left untreated, they can cause serious health problems like pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), heart disease, infertility, and certain cancers. For women with an untreated STD/STI who have an abortion procedure, there is an increased risk of complications.
What Is An STD/STI?
According to the Mayo Clinic, STDs and STIs are bacteria, viruses, or parasites that pass from person to person in blood, semen, vaginal and other bodily fluids, and open sores.
They are often transferred through sexual contact, which refers to contact with another individual’s vagina, penis, mouth, or anus.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported 2.5 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis in 2021. Abstinence (not having sex) is the most effective protection method. If you are sexually active, getting tested regularly is crucial.
How Do I Know If I Have An STD/STI?
You can’t know if you are infected without testing. If your pregnancy has been confirmed at our center, we will offer you free testing for two of the most common STDs, chlamydia and gonorrhea, and can refer you for additional testing if needed. We care about your health.