It's okay to worry about STDs, especially if you're a teen or young adult. People who are between the ages of 15 to 24 account for over half of the 20 million new diagnosed STDs each year. Many STDs are spread by skin-to-skin contact, and over 50% of those infected have no signs or symptoms1.
AWC provides free STD tests for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea (2 of the more common STDs2), as well as referrals for treatment and additional testing if needed. Processing usually takes 5 business days, & you do have to return for a results appointment. We do not give results over the phone or by email due to the sensitive nature of the information. We do not offer treatment, but if your results are positive, our nurse will talk with you and refer you for treatment and further testing.
CDC reports that “Chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD in the United States” & often has no symptoms, so most people who are infected don’t even know they have it. Because of that fact, it is recommended that “sexually active females 25 years old and younger need testing every year”3, as well as women older than 25 “with risk factors such as a new sexual partner or multiple partners”. Left untreated, Chlamydia causes about 10-15% of women to develop Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), which can lead to infertility.4
For more information about Chlamydia, visit HERE.
Anyone who is sexually active can contract Gonorrhea, according to the CDC. Symptoms can vary in men & women, and some will have no symptoms at all.5 Left untreated, Gonorrhea can also lead to infertility in women, and can cause epididymitis in men.
For more information about Gonorrhea, visit HERE.
If you are pregnant & considering an abortion, but have not had an STD test, please call us so we can get you scheduled. It is of utmost importance to be tested for sexually transmitted infections before having an abortion. Studies show that up to 25% of women who have an untreated STD while undergoing an abortion can develop Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) that can lead to future infertility.6,7,8