Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Testing and Treatment
Have you heard?
Every year in the United States there are an estimated 20 million new sexually transmitted infections.
Did you know?
One-half of young people will test positive for STDs before the age of 25.
Are you sexually active and concerned you might be infected?
Good news for you: Amnion will soon provide STD testing and treatment to men and women, free of charge. All testing supplies and materials are provided by the CDC.
- Amnion will begin offering testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea in September 2017. Test results will be available within 7-14 days.
- Amion will also provide treatment for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea for those who test positive.
- Please bring your I.D. with you.
Chlamydia is the most frequently reported bacterial STD in the U.S. Any sexually active person can be infected with chlamydia. The greater the number of sex partners, the greater the risk of infection. Because the cervix of teenage girls and young women is not fully matured, they are at particularly high risk for infection.
More than 700,000 people annually in the U.S. are infected with gonorrhea. Many men and women with gonorrhea do not have any symptoms. Those who have symptoms often experience a burning sensation when urinating. In women, these symptoms are often mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection. Untreated gonorrhea can cause serious and permanent health problems in both men and women.
If you test positive for Chlamydia or Gonorrhea, you will be offered treatment. We may feel it necessary to refer you for further testing for other infections and diseases.
STDs and Abortion
Women who seek prenatal care are routinely tested and treated for sexually transmitted infections, while women who seek abortions are not. If you are pregnant and considering abortion, you need to be tested. Amnion provides this free service to improve women’s health outcomes, no matter what they decide to do about their pregnancy.
If not treated prior to an abortion, STDs may cause serious health problems. Organisms that cause the infection can be carried from the vagina up into the uterus during an abortion. When this occurs, a second condition called Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) may develop.
Immediate symptoms of PID can be mild and even non-existent, but the effects are long lasting. According to the CDC, 1 in 8 women with a history of PID experience difficulty getting pregnant. PID is known to cause scarring of the fallopian tubes, increasing the risk of an ectopic pregnancy. This may result in serious maternal complications, even death.
Please note: If you seek STD testing and treatment at our clinic, we are required to share your identifying information with the Department of Health, as is any medical facility testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections. Please bring a form of identification with you to your appointment.
Your identifying information is reported to state health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); this is a requirement for all health care providers who offer STI testing and treatment.