How Do I Know if I Have an STD?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 20 million new sexually transmitted infections (STI) are diagnosed each year. An STI is a sexually transmitted infection, and an STD is a sexually transmitted disease. Some STIs (such as gonorrhea and chlamydia) infect your sexual and reproductive organs. In 2016, North Carolina ranked 6th in the US in chlamydial and 5th in gonorrheal infections.
STDs & Pregnancy
With some STIs, you may have no symptoms at all, yet they can still be transferred to sexual partners. Not all abortion providers check for STDs before they perform abortions. We offer free screening because serious complications, including Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), can occur if an STI is not treated before you undergo an abortion procedure.
If you decide to keep your baby, the CDC also reports that STDs can complicate pregnancy, having effects on both mother and baby. Some of the side effects noted are low birth weight, preterm labor, premature birth, and the possibility of the baby being infected before or during birth. Early detection and treatment of STDs has a better health outcome for both mother and baby.
Make an online appointment at Cabarrus Women’s Center for testing to find out more information to protect yourself.
Make an Appointment
Cabarrus Women’s Center currently offers free STI tests for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia. If your test is positive, we will provide you with a referral for treatment. Make an online appointment to talk with a medical staff member prior to making any decisions.