Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), also known as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), are bacterial, viral, parasitic, or fungal infections that are spread via bodily fluids and/or sexual contact. STDs are highly contagious during sexual activity because this is when an individual will come into contact with another person’s bodily fluids (semen, vaginal secretions, saliva, etc.). 

This article will highlight the essentials you need to know about STD testing. If you’re sexually active and looking for free pregnancy testing, or you’re pregnant and want to talk about your options, contact Bright Hope Pregnancy Support Center to schedule a free, confidential appointment. 

Why STD Testing Matters

If you are sexually active or pregnant, it’s critical to receive regular STD testing as many STDs don’t present with symptoms. This means it’s possible that you or your sexual partner(s) have an STD and don’t know it. Though many STDs can be asymptomatic, they can still cause health complications and spread from person to person. 

If you’re pregnant, an untreated STD can cause pregnancy complications, such as preterm labor (this is when the baby is delivered earlier than full-term) and low birth weight, and if certain STDs pass to your baby during birth, they can cause blindness and potentially fatal infections. 

Get tested right away for STDs to prevent further complications.

How Does STD Testing Work?

STD testing is the only effective way to know if you have an STD—which is essential for receiving treatment and protecting your health.

At Bright Hope Pregnancy Support Center, we offer free, confidential STD testing. During this appointment, you will receive the following:

  • A physical exam will look for rashes, sores, or other visible signs of an STD
  • An oral and vaginal swab, as well as a blood and urine test, will be taken to look for STD pathogens

We test for the most common STDs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital herpes, HPV, and syphilis.

Can STDs Be Treated? 

Some of the most common bacterial STDs, like chlamydia and gonorrhea, can be treated with antibiotics. However, other STDs require more complicated treatment.

If you receive a positive STD result at our center, we will provide information about your treatment options. Whether you’re sexually active and looking for a routine STD exam, are experiencing concerning symptoms, or are pregnant, we’re here for you. 

Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential appointment.