Roughly half of Americans will contract an STD at some point in their life. Don’t wonder if you’re infected. Know for sure. Life Options offers men and women free, confidential STD testing and treatment.
Did you know?
- You can get an STD the first time you have vaginal, anal or oral sex.
- Many STDs have no cure while others can be treated through medication.
- Most people infected with an STD don’t know it.
- You can get an STD from someone who does not know he/she is infected.
- You can’t tell who has an STD by looking at them.
- Many STDs can be transmitted to a baby during pregnancy or birth.
- If you are pregnant and considering abortion, get tested first.
Frequently Asked Questions About STD’s:
If you’re considering abortion as a solution to an unexpected pregnancy , it’s important to be tested for STDs before making a decision. Many women with STDs don’t have any symptoms so they don’t realize they’re infected. But women who undergo an abortion with an untreated STD are more likely to develop Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) following the abortion procedure. PID can lead to serious health issues including infertility, ectopic pregnancy, abscess formation and chronic pelvic pain. Make an appointment (link) for free STD testing and treatment.
Every year in the U.S. there are an estimated 19 million new STD infections and nearly half of all new STD cases occur in people ages 15 to 24. Many of the people who are infected don’t experience any symptoms, so they may not know they have an STD. Anyone who is sexually active is at risk for contracting an STD. Condom use can reduce but not eliminate your risk of contracting certain STDs. If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to an STD or are experiencing symptoms, make an appointment for free STD testing and treatment.
Get tested. Most people who have chlamydia have no symptoms. If you do have symptoms, they may not appear until several weeks after you have sex with an infected partner. Symptoms may include genital pain and discharge from the vagina or penis. Because the cervix of teenage girls and young women is not fully matured, they are at particularly high risk for infection. Even when chlamydia causes no symptoms, it can damage your reproductive system.
Chlamydia is the most frequently reported bacterial sexually transmitted disease in the U.S. Any sexually active person can be infected with Chlamydia. The greater the number of sex partners, the greater the risk of infection. Make an appointment for free STD testing & treatment.
Get tested. 820,000 people in the US get gonorrhea every year. Many men and women with Gonorrhea do not have any symptoms. Those who do have symptoms often experience a burning sensation when urinating. In women, these symptoms are often mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection. Other symptoms include a discharge from the penis in men and the vagina in women. Untreated Gonorrhea can cause serious and permanent health problems in both men and women. Make an appointment for free STD testing & treatment.
Life Options offers men and women free, confidential testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea using a urine sample, as well as free treatment. Sexual health education, including information on common STD's & symptoms, is included. We will provide you with referrals for full STD & STI testing, such as testing for HIV/AIDS, Herpes, Hepatitis B, Genital Warts, HPV, Crabs, Syphilis, & Trichomoniasis.