The uncertainty of not knowing if you have a sexually transmitted infection (STI) can be overwhelming when you're considering an abortion. Before making any decisions, it's essential to prioritize STI testing. Let's delve into the world of STIs to answer any questions you may have.
Let’s talk about STI’s
Sexually transmitted infections (STI’s), previously known as sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) are infections or diseases that are passed between individuals through anal, oral, and vaginal sex, mutual masturbation, and outercourse. Some STI’s cause a person to have symptoms, such as pain or burning during urination, vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding, lower abdominal pain, and more. However, STI’s are sometimes “silent”, meaning a person could be asymptomatic (without symptoms). Untreated STI’s can cause serious health issues, which is why it is important to be tested even if you are not experiencing symptoms.
What are some of the most common STI’s?
- Hepatitis B
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus / Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS)
STI Statistics You Should Know
- Approximately one in five individuals in the United States has an STI.
- Condoms, birth control, and contraceptive pills do not guarantee 100% protection against STIs or pregnancy.
- By age 25, one in two sexually active people will contract an STI.
- Some STIs are incurable.
If you are considering abortion, call A Woman’s Place Medical Clinic today to talk through the next steps.
Our skilled medical team is ready to address your concerns about sexually transmitted infections, discuss your pregnancy options, and assist you in determining the best course of action. We offer free testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, with treatment available if necessary. Ask questions and be informed—YOU matter. Call one of our locations today to schedule an appointment and talk with a medical professional.
Remember, you are not alone—there are resources and support available. Take a deep breath and make your appointment at one of our four Tampa Bay locations.
Caitlin Drakos, RN, BSN
Director of Medical Services
A Woman's Place Clinics
TOWN N COUNTRY