STD/STI Testing and Treatment
Sexual activity not only puts you at risk for pregnancy but also for sexually transmitted infections (STI) and sexually transmitted diseases (STD). It’s important to ensure that you safeguard yourself regardless of what your intention may be for your pregnancy. If you are sexually active, you should be tested for STI/STDs on a regular basis.
STD Testing and Treatment
STI and STD: What’s the Difference?
The term STI is used to describe an infection in the body, which may or may not be accompanied by symptoms. The term STD describes an infection that has caused damage in a person’s body. STDs may or may not be accompanied by symptoms. Many STDs can cause damage to you and to your partner. When you give birth or have an abortion your cervix can be exposed to any infection you may have contracted, causing you to be vulnerable to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). PID causes constant pelvic pain, infertility problems and can lead to death if untreated. In addition, you can spread the disease anytime you engage in sexual activity.
Some STI/STDs can be treated and cured with medications, but early detection is key for effective treatment. Other STI/STDs cannot be cured but symptoms can be managed. If you think you have an STI/STD, call us to discuss your concerns.
Prestonwood Pregnancy Center offers limited STI/STD testing and treatment onsite at the center.
At Prestonwood Pregnancy Center, we recommend STD testing prior to abortion to prevent undiagnosed STDs from spreading farther into the reproductive system. STD testing prior to an abortion is not necessarily offered. And when it is, there is a cost. At Prestonwood Pregnancy Center, we offer free STD testing for two sexually transmitted diseases, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, at our Richardson location.
Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are the two most common STDs in the United States. They are bacterial diseases which commonly reside in the vaginal opening. We believe it is important for pregnant women to know if they have either one of these diseases, particularly if they are considering having an abortion.