Pregnancy is not the only thing to be concerned about after having sex.  Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are also common and the risks are real. These can be present without any symptoms, so you and your partner may not know you are infected and if left untreated, can have serious health consequences.

FREE STD TESTING AVAILABLE

Her Health Women’s Center offers limited STD testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea at no cost for our clients who are facing a pregnancy decision.

If you are sexually active and have had more than one partner, or if your partner has had more than one partner, it is highly recommended that you make an appointment at your medical provider or at Siouxland District Health Department.

https://www.siouxlanddistricthealth.org/services/make-an-appointment

If you have further questions our medical staff would be happy to talk to you. Until you have been tested and cleared, we advise abstaining from having sex. 

MORE INFORMATION

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 one has, the risk of infection increases.  Young women, ages 15 to 24, are at higher risk for infection due to changes that occur in the cervix. 

Women with Gonorrhea often have no symptoms or very mild symptoms.  Even with symptoms, Gonorrhea and Chlamydia, can easily be mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection.  Untreated these infections can cause serious and permanent health problems including infertility and Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

 

Reference:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chlamydia/symptoms-causes/syc-20355349

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gonorrhea/symptoms-causes/syc-20351774