STD Testing & Treatment

  • When considering your pregnancy options, it is important to know if you have an STD. Because abortion and birth are invasive, the STD can spread into your reproductive organs and cause permanent damage. In order to protect your reproductive health for the future, The Center for Life Choices tests for and treats the two most common STDs: Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. Women who have an untreated STD are up to 25% more likely to develop Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) following an abortion procedure. So, it is important to be tested for STDs prior to making any decisions about the outcome of your pregnancy.
    Citation: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/std/hiv/STDFact-STD&HIV.htm
  • It’s possible to contract sexually transmitted diseases from people who seem perfectly healthy — people who, in fact, aren’t even aware of being infected. STDs have a wide range of signs and symptoms. That’s why they may go unnoticed until complications occur or a partner is diagnosed. Signs and symptoms that might indicate an STD include:  Sores or bumps on the genitals or in the oral or rectal area; painful or burning urination; vaginal discharge; unusual vaginal bleeding; sore, swollen lymph nodes, particularly in the groin but sometimes more widespread.  Signs and symptoms may appear a few days to three months after exposure, depending on the organism. See a doctor immediately if you are sexually active or you have signs and symptoms of an STD.
    Citation: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sexually-transmitted-diseases-stds/DS01123http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sexually-transmitted-diseases-stds/DS01123/DSECTION=symptoms
  • STDs are generally acquired by sexual contact. The organisms that cause sexually transmitted diseases may pass from person to person in blood, bodily fluids such as semen, and physical contact. Some of these infections can also be transmitted nonsexually, such as from mother to infant during pregnancy or childbirth, or through blood transfusions or shared needles.
    Citation:  Mayo Clinic – Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sexually-transmitted-diseases-stds/DS01123
  • The most common STD, Human Papillomavirus (HPV), is not preventable by contraceptives, including condoms. A woman may contract HPV regardless of the type of birth control she uses. Hormonal contraceptives, such as birth control pills, the shot, the patch, and the ring do not prevent STDs. And because these medications alter the female genital tract, her risk of contracting Chlamydia or HIV increases.
    Citation: US Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/std/hiv/STDFact-STD&HIV.htm
  • Most STDs are not fatal when treated properly. Symptoms of viral STDs can be treated, but they recur and are infectious for life. Men and women who have any STD are up to five times more likely to contract HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
    Information on this page provided by the US Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.www.cdc.gov/std/default.htm
  • Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis, which can damage a woman’s reproductive organs. More than one out of five patients who have a Chlamydia infection at the time of an abortion will develop Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) within four weeks. Chlamydia is the most prevalent bacterial STD. Use of hormonal contraceptives increases your risk of contracting Chlamydia. 75% of women who are infected with Chlamydia do not know they have it, because they have no symptoms. Therefore, it is important to be tested if you are sexually active.
  • – Abnormal vaginal discharge or burning sensation with urination
    – Lower abdominal pain
    – Low back pain
    – Nausea
    – Fever
    – Painful intercourse
    – Vaginal bleeding between menstrual periods
  • – Discharge from the penis or burning sensation with urination
    – Burning and itching around the opening of the penis
    – Pain and swelling in the testicles (though uncommon)
  • – Treatment for Chlamydia should be done before having an abortion
    – The Center for Life Choices tests for and treats Chlamydia
    – Several antibiotics can successfully cure Chlamydia in adolescents and adults
    – Get yearly check-ups with your doctor
    – Refrain from intercourse and other sexual activity during treatment for Chlamydia.
    – Notify all sex partners that you have an STD so they can be tested and treated
    Information on this page provided by the US Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. www.cdc.gov/std/chlamydia/stdfact-chlamydia.htm
  • Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae, a bacterium that can grow and multiply easily in the warm, moist areas of the reproductive tract in women and men. Most people have no symptoms of Gonorrhea. Those who do get symptoms of Gonorrhea won’t notice them for up to 30 days after infection. Therefore it is important to be tested if you are sexually active.
  • – Painful or burning sensation when urinating
    – Increased vaginal discharge
    – Vaginal bleeding between menstrual periods
  • – Burning sensation when urinating
    – White, yellow, or green discharge from the penis
    – Painful or swollen testicles
  • – Treatment for Gonorrhea should be done before having an abortion
    – The Center for Life Choices tests for and treats Gonorrhea infection
    – Several antibiotics can successfully cure Gonorrhea in adolescents and adults
    – It is important to take all of the medication prescribed to cure Gonorrhea
    – Get yearly check-ups with your doctor
    – Refrain from intercourse and other sexual activity during treatment for Gonorrhea
    – Notify all sex partners that you have an STD so they can be tested and treated
    – You should be re-tested for Gonorrhea 3-4 months after finishing treatment
    Information on this page provided by the US Centers For Disease Control and Prevention
    http://www.cdc.gov/std/Gonorrhea/STDFact-gonorrhea.htm(2)http://www.cdc.gov/std/hiv/STDFact-STD&HIV.htm
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is a general term that refers to infection of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and other reproductive organs in women. PID is a common and serious complication of some sexually transmitted infections, especially Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, when left untreated.  PID is a cause of infertility and ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy growing outside the uterus). Symptoms of PID vary from none to severe. When PID is caused by Chlamydia infection, a woman may experience mild symptoms or no symptoms at all, while serious damage is being done to her reproductive organs. Because of vague symptoms, PID goes unrecognized by women and their health care providers about two thirds of the time. Each year in the United States, it is estimated that more than 1 million women experience an episode of acute PID. More than 100,000 women become infertile each year as a result of PID, and a large proportion of the ectopic pregnancies occurring every year are due to the consequences of PID.
  • Women who have symptoms of PID most commonly have the following symptoms:
    – Lower abdominal pain
    – Fever
    – Unusual vaginal discharge that may have a foul odor
    – Painful intercourse
    – Painful urination
    – Irregular menstrual bleeding
    – Pain in the right upper abdomen, though rare
    Information on this page provided by the US Centers For Disease Control and Prevention,
    http://www.cdc.gov/std/Gonorrhea/STDFact-gonorrhea.htm and http://www.cdc.gov/std/PID/STDFact-PID.htm