The Pregnancy Help Center provides confidential STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) testing and treatment by using a urine sample. Since many STIs do not cause noticeable symptoms, spreading or contracting sexually transmitted infections and diseases without your knowledge is possible.
PHC offers free STI testing and treatment for both you and your partner.
STIs can cause many of the same health problems in pregnant women as women who are not pregnant. But having an STI can potentially threaten the pregnancy and the unborn baby’s health. Untreated STIs during pregnancy can cause early labor, a woman’s water to break early, and infection in the uterus after birth.
Some STIs can be passed from a pregnant woman to the baby before and during the baby’s birth. Some STIs like syphilis, cross the placenta and infect the baby while it is in the uterus. Other STIs like Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Hepatitis B, and Genital Herpes, can be passed from the mother to the baby during delivery as the baby passes through the birth canal. HIV can cross the placenta and infect the baby. The baby can also be exposed to the virus during labor and delivery.
Some of the harmful effects can be prevented if the mother receives routine prenatal care, which includes screening & treatment.
It is an infection passed from person to person through sexual or oral contact. STIs are sometimes called sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs. An STI refers to an infection present in the body, which may or may not be accompanied by symptoms. An STD refers to damage already done by that sexually transmitted infection, and also may or may not be accompanied by symptoms.
You can get an STI by having intimate sexual or oral contact with someone who already has an infection. STIs can be passed from person to person even if there are no symptoms. STIs are spread during vaginal, anal, or oral sex, or during any kind of genital touching. It is possible to get STIs without having full intercourse because not all STIs are spread the same way.
If you are sexually active, talk to your doctor about STI screening. You and your partner’s sexual history will determine the tests you might need and how often. Talking to a health professional about your sex life might seem too personal to share, but being open and honest is the only way your doctor can help take care of you. Talk to your doctor to find out what tests make sense for you.
You can also come to PHC for a free urine STI test that detects the two most common STIs; Gonorrhea & Chlamydia, and talk to one of our trained nurses to see if you need more testing.
Sexually transmitted infections have some common symptoms that can identify their presence If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call us today.
Symptoms may include:
The Pregnancy Help Center can help you answer questions and give you confidential and accurate information.
It is important to note that many STIs are “silent”, meaning there are no noticeable symptoms. If left untreated, STIs can cause significant harm to your body. Be sure to get tested to protect your health and prevent the spread of STIs.