If you are sexually active, you run the risk of contracting an STD. Even if you’re using birth control, no form is completely effective at preventing the spread of STDs. That is why it’s important to get tested after having sexual contact with a partner. Waterleaf Women’s Center provides free testing and treatment for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea to women and men. Learn more about how STDs are spread and the common symptoms associated with STDs below, then make your appointment for free STD testing today.
How STDs Spread
STDs transfer between when an infected individual has sexual contact with another person. Sexual contact can include any contact between the penis, vagina, mouth or anus. Exchanging of bodily fluids, including blood, semen, vaginal fluids or saliva can also spread STDs.
How to Detect an STD
It might be surprising to hear, but a lot of people do not experience any symptoms of STDs when they are first infected. STDs can lie dormant (meaning they display no symptoms) in a person for years before detection. However, the lack of symptoms does not mean the STDs are not harming you. If you are sexually active it is important to get yourself tested.
- Unusual discharge from genitals
- Severe itching or rash around the genitalia
- Pain during sex
- Pain during urination
- Bumps or swelling around the genital area
If you notice any of these signs, you should get tested as soon as you can. Waterleaf Women’s Center offers testing a treating of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.
Education on STDs
Waterleaf offers a variety of services, including education on all STDs including signs, symptoms, and side effects. We also provide no-charge testing and treatment to women and men for both chlamydia and gonorrhea. If you are pregnant, it is especially important to get tested because the STD may cause complications to your pregnancy and impact your options.
Chlamydia and gonorrhea are two of the most common STDs in the United States. Chlamydia is the most frequently reported. Any sexually active person can be infected and many have no symptoms – 75% of women and 50% of men experience no symptoms. The only way to be sure you are not infected is to BE TESTED!
Waterleaf offers testing and treatment for both Chlamydia and Gonorrhea with a non-invasive urine test. We offer community referrals for full-panel screening for other STDs. Contact us today to get tested in our center.