While we advocate for getting tested any time you have had unprotected sex or changed partners, ruling out an STI or STD if you are pregnant or before an abortion can protect you from serious complications.
If I’m pregnant, how will an STD or STI affect my pregnancy?
An STI like chlamydia or gonorrhea can be transmitted to the fetus and can cause health complications. If you are pregnant, it’s important to rule out an STI and get treatment if needed. STIs are curable and treatment can ensure a healthy pregnancy and birth.
Why do I need to get tested before an abortion?
During an abortion, the cervix is opened. If you have an infection, this can increase the risk of the STI spreading into other organs. Having an abortion procedure while infected with chlamydia or gonorrhea, two of the most common STIs, can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). PID can cause lifelong damage and lead to future ectopic pregnancies or infertility. We do not provide or refer for abortion services, but we can give you the medical information you need to make an informed decision.
What are the most common STD/STI symptoms?
Common Signs and Symptoms
Clear, white, greenish, or yellowish vaginal discharge
Strong vaginal odor
Itching or irritation
Pain during sexual intercourse
However, one of the most common STD symptoms is no symptom at all. We help women stay informed about risks and how to protect themselves from contracting STDs/STIs.
How much do your services cost?
All our services are free and confidential. While we do not provide STD testing, we can provide information, education, and referrals for you.
If you think you may be pregnant, we can provide free self-administered pregnancy tests, options consultations, and a referral for a free ultrasound so you can know how far along you are.
Give us a call or make an appointment today.