Talking about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be awkward. But if having these conversations can provide life-saving information for unsuspecting women, it’s well worth it. 

If you’re sexually active with one or more partners, getting tested regularly for STDs is essential. Keep reading to better understand why you should take advantage of free STD testing in your area.

How Are STDs Passed?

Sexually transmitted diseases are passed from person to person by oral, anal, or vaginal fluid/contact. Women may unknowingly have an STD and pass it on to their partner and vice versa. 

STDs Can Be Asymptomatic

Certain STDs, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, can be present without causing any symptoms. Meaning women need to be tested in order to be diagnosed and receive treatment. 

If left undiagnosed, gonorrhea and chlamydia can cause harm to other areas of the body, such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and can even cause infertility down the road.

Early Detection Provides Better Outcomes

Many STDs can be treated effectively with an antibiotic. The sooner the infection is found through testing, the easier treatment measures will be. 

While some STDs cannot be cured, early detection can allow doctors to keep adverse symptoms at bay with specialized treatment plans.

Reinfection Can Occur

Another advantage of regular STD testing is to catch an infection in the early stages. Women can be reinfected with the same disease more than once, so even if you have previously been cleared from an infection, reinfection of STDs like gonorrhea and chlamydia is possible. The CDC recommends anyone who had a positive test be tested again after three months of treatment.

Finding Local Support

If you’d like to learn more about protecting yourself against STDs, Pregnancy Help Center is here for you. 

Pregnancy Help Center offers women a safe place to ask questions and receive medically correct answers. You are important to us; we care about your physical, mental, and sexual health. 

We offer same-day and walk-in appointments when available for your convenience. Click here to plan a day and time that works best for you. 

Who you are tomorrow begins with what you choose to do today!