Do I Have an STD

DO I HAVE AN STD?

If you are sexually active, you may have an STD (sexually transmitted disease) or STI (sexually transmitted infection).  

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) determined that people between the ages of 15 and 24 makeup more than one-fourth (25%)  of the sexually active population BUT have more than half (50%) of the 20 million STIs in the United States annually. 

With some STDs there are no symptoms at all. Untreated STDs can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in women, causing complications such as formation of scar tissue (outside or inside) the fallopian tubes, ectopic pregnancy, infertility or long-term pelvic and or abdominal pain. And women considering an abortion, should be tested prior to an abortion to minimize your chance of PID’s.  

If you are pregnant, STDs can complicate pregnancy.  The effects may be low birth weight, preterm labor, and premature birth.  Women with STDs can infect their baby either before, during or after the baby is born.   

Don’t wait to find out.

Click to make an appointment with the ABC Life Choices which provides information and referrals for testing and treatment in our community. If you believe you may be pregnant, call 949 334 7722 today for your no-cost appointment.