If you are sexually active, you need to know about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). You can get an STD with any kind of sexual contact, whether you wear a condom or not. In other words, you cannot completely avoid the risks STDs if you are sexually active. To reduce your risk, you can get tested, have open and honest conversations with your partner, and only engage in sexual activity in a committed, monogamous relationship. If you’re pregnant, it’s especially important to get tested, since some STDs can affect your baby or may spread during an abortion procedure. You can take control of your sexual health by learning the facts.

If you believe you’re experiencing symptoms of an STD, call and schedule an appointment today. At Richland Pregnancy Center, we offer HIV and STD testing (Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Herpes, Syphilis, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Bacterial Vaginosis, and Trichomoniasis). If you test positive for STDs, we can also provide treatment. Additionally, we also answer your questions and explain how to reduce your risk of contracting an STD.

 

Common symptoms of an STD

  • Discharge from the penis or vagina
  • Itching
  • Burning during urination
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding

Remember, often a person with an STD has no symptoms at all.  You can take control of your sexual health and get tested today.

Should You Get Tested?

If you have had sex, you should get tested. Any time you engage in sexual activity there can be a risk of getting an STD. The only way to avoid the risk of STDs is to remain in a committed sexual relationship with a single partner for life. Other than that, there is often the risk of STDs.

STDs sometimes have symptoms, but they often don’t. Many people go for months without realizing they’ve contracted an STD. As a result, this can cause many health problems, such as infertility, blindness, and even death. We strongly urge you to come in for free testing at our center. We provide testing for all STDs/STIs, including tests for HIV.

Testing for STDs is especially important when it comes to pregnancy. If you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant, we encourage to get tested in our center. Additionally, we offer prenatal vitamins in our center if you are considering becoming pregnant.

How common are STDs?

  • More than 65 million people in the US are currently living with an incurable STD.
  • Every year, 20 million new STDs occur in the US, half among those are between the ages of 15-24.
  • The Center for Disease Control estimates that 1 in 4 sexually active teen girls have an STD.
  • Of Americans age 14 and older, 1 in 6 has herpes. Nearly 776,000 people in the US get new herpes infections each year.
  • About 79 million Americans, most in their late teens and early 20s, are infected with Human Papillomavirus (HPV).

How effective are condoms in preventing STDs?

Consistent use of condoms during vaginal sex can reduce the risk of STDs by up to 80 percent. Condoms are less effective in preventing STDs that are transmitted through skin to skin contact (such as HPV) since condoms do not cover all possible infected areas.

If you are pregnant and are considering abortion, you should get tested for STDs first. We can provide you with STD testing, STD treatment, and other resources to help you maintain your health and well-being. Contact us today if you would like to get tested.

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