Are you a little hesitant about getting tested for an STD? We get how nerve-racking the process can feel, but you owe it to yourself to be sure of where your sexual health stands. Three reasons to take advantage of free STD testing at our clinic include:
- It’s at no cost to you
- STD testing is a great way to protect your health and wellness
- You protect others when you get tested
What is an STD?
A sexually transmitted disease (STD) is an infection that can spread during any type of sexual activity, through blood, semen, or vaginal or other bodily fluids. Unfortunately, many people don’t know they have an STD because it can go unnoticed for long periods.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases states, “…STDs can cause long-term health problems, particularly in women and infants. Some of the health complications that arise from STIs include pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, tubal or ectopic pregnancy, cervical cancer, and infections in infants born to infected mothers.”
Signs of an STD
You may have one, a few, or even no visible symptoms of an STD. Here are some signs of an STD to look out for:
- Sores or bumps on the genitals or in the oral or rectal area
- Painful or burning urination
- Discharge from the penis
- Unusual or odorous vaginal discharge
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
- Pain during sex
- Sore, swollen lymph nodes, particularly in the groin but sometimes more widespread
- Lower abdominal pain
STD Testing Protects Others
Testing regularly for STDs not only protects your health but also your partner’s health. Infants are also at risk of being infected by an STI if their mother has one.
Get Tested Today
At Options Clinic, we offer limited STD testing & treatment for the three most common infections to patients seeking pregnancy verification.
Schedule an appointment with us today to get the peace of mind you deserve.