Did you know we offer FREE STI (sexually transmitted infection) testing and treatment here at ABBA, A Women’s Resource Center?  Every Wednesday our clinic is open and available for this service as well as other medical options.  We are also hoping to expand our clinic days to Wednesdays and Thursdays to better accommodate your schedule and give you more flexible appointment times.

In this week’s blog I wanted to talk about STI’s and why it may be important for you to be tested.

Here at ABBA we offer urine-based testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.  Testing is simple and can be combined with a pregnancy test, if that is needed and results available by the next week.  Treatment is a one-time dose of an antibiotic that we administer here, and is also provided FREE of charge.

So, why is getting tested for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea important for YOU?

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) estimates that each year about 3 million people in the US contract chlamydia each year, making it the most common sexually transmitted bacterial infection.  The CDC also estimates that about 820,000 people contract gonorrhea each year.  The highest rates of infections are found in women under the age of 25, particularly those who are 15-19 years old.  About 40% of the time, women who have gonorrhea also have chlamydia.

Symptoms of both chlamydia and gonorrhea can be silent, about 75% of women have no symptoms, at all!  But when symptoms are present, the most common complaints are abnormal vaginal discharge, burning or pain during urination, vaginal or cervical inflammation, spotting or pain during sex.

Left untreated, these infections can spread and cause serious problems:

“Women infected with chlamydia or gonorrhea can develop PID, which, in turn, can lead to reproductive system morbidity such as ectopic pregnancy and tubal factor infertility.  An estimated 10%–20% of women with chlamydia or gonorrhea may develop PID if they do not receive adequate treatment.  Among women with PID, tubal scarring can cause infertility in 20% of women, ectopic pregnancy in 9%, and chronic pelvic pain in 18%.

About 80%–90% of chlamydial infections10 and up to 80% of gonococcal infections in women are asymptomatic. These infections are detected primarily through screening.”   (http//www.cdc.gov/STD)

After unprotected sex, how long does it take for chlamydia or gonorrhea infection to develop?

The incubation period for chlamydia is 1-3 weeks and gonorrhea has an incubation period of about 2-10 days.  While both chlamydia and gonorrhea are serious and transmittable bacterial infections, they are highly curable.  The treatments for these infections are also safe to take if you are pregnant.

If you have had unprotected sex or are recently pregnant and feel that you may be at risk for an STI, please call us and schedule an appointment for testing or to ask us more questions.  We are here to help YOU!