Protect Your Future Reproductive Health
If you are sexually active, you are at risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or sexually transmitted infection (STI). STDs are passed from one person to another through sexual activity, including vaginal, oral, and anal sex. It is estimated there are at least 20 million new cases of STD/STIs every year in America.
Mosaic Pregnancy & Health Centers provide free STI/STD testing and treatment for chlamydia and gonorrhea in men and women. We also offer other sexual health services with your free testing visit, including an STD/STI consultation, risk assessment, and doctor referrals.
What Is the Difference Between an STI and an STD?
The most significant difference between an STI and an STD is that an “STI” is an infection that does not always have noticeable symptoms. Because there are no immediate recognizable symptoms, you may be giving it or receiving it from any sexual partner without being aware of it.
However, if left untreated, an STI has the potential to develop into an “STD.” For example, chlamydia (and gonorrhea) can turn into Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). The complications of PID include the possible formation of scar tissue both outside and inside the fallopian tubes, an ectopic pregnancy, infertility, or long-term pelvic/abdominal pain.
Mosaic PHC currently provides testing for 2 of the most common STIs:
Other common STI/STDs include:
- genital herpes
Many of the above diseases have no noticeable symptoms and can be easily treated. However, if left untreated, they can lead to infertility, heart disease, liver disease, and more.
When Should I Be Tested?
If you or your partner have had more than one sex partner at any time, Mosaic PHC recommends that you get tested for STDs immediately. It is possible to get an STD/STI again, even if you were treated before. Women considering abortion need to be tested for STDs to decrease their chances of developing Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). It is also highly likely the disease will be transferred to your baby either before, during, or after birth.