There are many STIs (sexually transmitted infections) but not all have symptoms. Parkville Women’s Clinic will provide you with testing for two of the most common infections: Gonorrhea & Chlamydia. If you think there’s a possibility you are infected, know for sure. We also provide treatment for you, and your partner, if you test positive for either infection, at no charge to you. All women considering abortion should be tested for STIs, even if you are not experiencing any symptoms to ensure that there will not be any complications arising from an unknown and untreated infection. Visit us to gain more information on STIs and referrals to STI testing clinics.
Possible Symptoms of STIs
- No symptoms
- Rashes and sores on skin
- Painful urination
- Blisters, sores and itching on or around the genitals
- Fever and headaches
- Abdominal pain
- Discharge from the penis or vaginaStrong odor
Permanent damage from STI’s include: chronic pelvic pain, infertility, cervical cancer, major body organ damage
Why Take an STI Test?
If you are sexually active, you are at risk for STIs and pregnancy. The CDC recommends people ages 15-24 be tested yearly for STIs. That applies even if you have only had a sexual encounter with one partner. It’s important to be tested regularly whether or not you believe you are infected with a STI. Parkville Women’s Clinic will test you for Gonorrhea & Chlamydia at no charge to you, and provide treatment at no charge to you and your partner too. Come visit Parkville Women’s Clinic to learn more about ways to reduce your risk of contracting a STI.
Chances of Infection
Every year in the U.S. there are an estimated 19 million new STI infections, and half of all new STI cases occur in people from the ages of 15 to 24. Anyone who is sexually active is at risk for contracting an STI.
- The only way to avoid STIs is to not have vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
- Condoms may reduce risk of contracting some STIs if used consistently and correctly each time. However, human error reduces their effectiveness.
- The CDC states that the safest context for all sexual activity is a committed, mutual monogamous relationship with an uninfected person.