how do I know if I have an STD?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 20 million new sexually transmitted infections or STI are diagnosed each year. North Carolina, in 2017, was ranked 7th with the number of chlamydia and gonorrheal infections in the United States. Gonorrhea causes infection in men and women in the genitals, rectum and throat due to vaginal, anal or oral sex. Chlamydia, if left untreated, can cause permanent damage to a woman’s reproductive organs making it more difficult to become pregnant or cause ectopic pregnancy.
Make an appointment at uCity Women’s Center for a screening.
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, which can cause serious complications, including Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) if STDs are not treated prior to abortion procedures. If you decide to keep your baby, the CDC also reports that STDs can complicate pregnancy, having effects on either or both mother and baby. Side effects can include miscarriage, 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 uCity Women’s Center for testing to find out more information to protect yourself.
make an appointment
uCity 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.