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IF YOU’RE HAVING SEX, YOU’RE AT RISK!
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can be a serious concern. Just because STI’s are common doesn’t mean they’re no big deal.
Left untreated, infections can cause irreversible damage to your reproductive system. Both STIs and STDs can pass onto newborns during childbirth if the mother is infected and remains untreated.
Central Texas Life Care offers free & confidential STI/STD Testing for students in San Marcos, TX. For more information call or text 512-396-3020.
When you are sexually active, pregnancy is usually the greatest concern. You may be afraid of what your parents or boyfriend will do if you become pregnant. You may also be concerned that you will not be able to finish school or pursue your career. While pregnancy is something to be very concerned about, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are equally, if not more, worrisome. You are at risk for pregnancy if you have sex around ovulation (about 3 days a month), but you are at risk for getting an STI every time you have sex.
STDS & ABORTION
If you undergo an abortion with an undiagnosed STD, like Chlamydia, you have a greater risk of developing PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease). PID can lead to serious consequences including infertility, ectopic pregnancy, abscess formation, and chronic pelvic pain. Since many women with STDs are asymptomatic and don’t realize they are infected, we recommend STD testing before undergoing an abortion.
Free STD Testing
Central Texas Life Care provides free and confidential limited STD testing for students. We test for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia. Make an appointment for free STD testing and to learn more about reducing your risks of contracting a STD.
Chlamydia is the most frequently reported bacterial sexually transmitted disease in the United States. 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.
In women, symptoms of Gonorrhea are often mild, but most women who are infected have no symptoms. Even when a woman has symptoms, they can be mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection. Untreated gonorrhea can cause serious and permanent health problems.