STDs are a significant health challenge facing the United States. CDC estimates that nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections occur every year in this country, half among young people ages 15–24. Each of these infections is a potential threat to an individual’s immediate and long-term health and well-being. In addition to increasing a person’s risk for HIV infection, STDs can lead to severe reproductive health complications, such as infertility and ectopic pregnancy.
Most people who have chlamydia don’t know it since the disease often has no symptoms.
- Chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD in the United States.
- Sexually active females 25 years old and younger need testing every year.
- Although it is easy to cure, chlamydia can make it difficult for a woman to get pregnant if left untreated.
Anyone who is sexually active can get gonorrhea.
- Gonorrhea can be cured with the right medication.
- Untreated gonorrhea can cause serious health problems in both women and men.
Chlamydia and gonorrhea are important preventable causes of infertility. Untreated, about 10-15% of women with chlamydia will develop pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Chlamydia can also cause fallopian tube infection without any symptoms. PID and “silent” infection in the upper genital tract may cause permanent damage to the fallopian tubes, uterus, and surrounding tissues, which can lead to infertility.
- An estimated 2.86 million cases of chlamydia and 820,000 cases of gonorrhea occur annually in the United States.
- Most women infected with chlamydia or gonorrhea have no symptoms.
CDC recommends annual chlamydia screening for all sexually active females 25 and under and for women older than 25 with risk factors such as a new sex partner or multiple partners.
Here at Options for Women, you can be tested for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea in a completely confidential environment at no cost.
You will have 2 appointments for your screening.
First Visit – You will meet with a trained clinic staff member who will take your sexual history information, discuss your STD/STI risk, explain procedures and answer any questions or concerns you might have. This is when you will provide a urine sample. This sample is sent out to a lab for testing.
Second Visit – A week later, you will return to our office for your results. You will meet with our nurse to go over all your test results and answer any questions you might have. If you have a positive test result, we can provide treatment on site at that time.
These tests can cost from $50 – $120 but we offer them for FREE because we care about you and your health.