Maybe you never thought it would be you – no one expects to get an STD. The CDC estimates that there are approximately 20 million new STD infections each year—around half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.
STDs often don’t have visible symptoms, leaving people unaware that they have an STD. Without treatment right away, there can be serious health complications. Get tested today at Women’s Care Medical Center at no cost to you.
What are STDs?
STDs – Sexually transmitted diseases are passed through sex or sexual activity. They can pass from one person to another by blood, semen, or vaginal and other bodily fluids. Some common STDs are:
- Genital herpes
- Hepatitis B
Common STD symptoms
STDs don’t always have noticeable symptoms, but there are some common symptoms you may be experiencing. Get tested if you have any of these STD symptoms…
- Painful or burning urination
- Discharge from the penis
- Sore, swollen lymph nodes
- Lower abdominal pain
- Sores or bumps on the genitals or in the oral or rectal area
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
- Pain during sex
Can STDs Affect Pregnancy?
Yes! If you have an STD and are pregnant, there are serious risks to know of. It’s vital you receive treatment as soon as possible. Confirm if you have an STD while pregnant, as continuing with an abortion decision could cause infertility, an ectopic pregnancy, and increased HIV risk.
Ways an STD could affect your pregnancy are…
- Cause a miscarriage
- It could develop an ectopic pregnancy (when the embryo implants outside of the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube)
- Put you into preterm labor and delivery (before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy)
Should I Get Tested?
You deserve to get the clarity you desire to move forward with life. STDs have serious consequences if left untreated. Our compassionate team offers free and confidential STD testing. For positive tests, we can provide treatment or referrals for medical care.
Contact us today to get started. You are not alone.