The Importance of STD Testing

This woman uses free STD testing from Abiding Care Center.

Are you concerned about possibly having an STD? Whenever you have sex, you are at risk of getting a sexually transmitted disease (STD), especially if you and your partner have had sex with multiple partners. Many people are unaware they have an STD, as many STDs don’t have any visible symptoms. Without proper treatment, however, an STD can lead to serious health problems. 

What is an STD?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) spread through sex or sexual activity by a person infected with an STI. They can pass from one individual to another by blood, semen, or vaginal and other bodily fluids. Many common STDs include:

  • Chlamydia
  • HPV
  • Genital herpes
  • Gonorrhea
  • Hepatitis B

Even if you and your partner use condoms and are exclusive, you can never eliminate the possibility of getting an STD. Your risk is greater if you: 

  • Have sex with someone who has had multiple partners 
  • Have more than one sex partner 
  • Share needles when injecting intravenous drugs 

How STDs Can Affect Pregnancy 

If you are pregnant and have an STD, it can seriously impact you and your pregnancy, and it’s essential you receive treatment. It’s critical to confirm if you have an STD while pregnant, as continuing with an abortion decision could cause infertility, an ectopic pregnancy, and increased HIV risk.

Some common ways an STD could affect your pregnancy are:

  1. It could develop an ectopic pregnancy (when the embryo implants outside of the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube)
  2. Cause a miscarriage
  3. Put you into preterm labor and delivery (before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy)

Common Symptoms of STDs

Unfortunately, many STDs don’t have noticeable symptoms, but there are some that are more common. If you experience any of these STD symptoms, get tested to know for sure:

  • Sores or bumps on the genitals or in the oral or rectal area
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding
  • Pain during sex
  • Painful or burning urination
  • Discharge from the penis
  • Sore, swollen lymph nodes
  • Lower abdominal pain

Schedule Free STD Testing

Protecting your health is important. Many STDs have serious consequences if left untreated. Our team of professionals is here to offer safe and confidential STD testing. All our services are free to you. 

Visit us at Abiding Care for your free, confidential testing. It’s quick and easy.

Contact us today to schedule free STD testing. 


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