Life Options Green Hills provides limited STI/STD testing and treatment in Trenton, Missouri. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be a serious concern. If left untreated, infections can cause irreversible damage to your reproductive system. Many STIs and STDs can pass onto newborns, which could lead to health concerns if the mother is infected and remains untreated.
At Life Options, we provide testing and treatment to qualifying women and men. We use a urine sample to test for two of the most common STIs, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are treatable through medication regimens and should be addressed by a medical professional if the test comes up positive.
STDs are not treatable with home remedies and will not go away on their own, even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms. Only testing confirms if you have an STI/STD. All services are confidential and offered at no cost to you. Get tested today!
STIs and STDs…
What’s the difference?
The terms STI (sexually transmitted infection) and STD (sexually transmitted disease) are often used interchangeably. But do you know the difference?
- The term “STI” (sexually transmitted infection) is used to describe the presence of an infection in the body, which may or may not be accompanied by symptoms.
- The term “STD” (sexually transmitted diseases) on the other hand, describes an infection that has caused damage in a person’s body—though, like sexually transmitted infections, an STD may or may not be accompanied by symptoms.
STI is the broader of the two terms. All STDs are STIs, though not all STIs become STDs.
STI & STD TESTING INFORMATION
It’s important to remember that not everyone infected with an STD will experience signs or symptoms. But STDs can still cause severe damage, and can be passed to your partner(s) without your knowledge. You don’t need to be experiencing symptoms to be contagious. You can spread the disease at any time.
What about abortion?
If not treated prior to an abortion, these infections may cause serious health problems. During an abortion these organisms can be carried from the vagina up into the uterus. When this occurs, a second condition called Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) may develop.
Immediate symptoms of PID can be mild and even non-existent, but the effects are long lasting. According to the CDC, 1 in 8 women with a history of PID experience difficulty getting pregnant. PID is known to cause scarring of the Fallopian tubes, increasing the risk of an ectopic pregnancy. This may result in serious maternal complications, even death.
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