It is possible for some STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) – but not all – to go away by themselves, but STDs are more common than you think.
According to the CDC, 1 in 5 people in the US has an STD. Having an untreated STD poses a risk to you and any current or future partner. For instance, HPV (human papillomavirus) can lead to some forms of cancer.
The good news is that many STIs are very treatable! Read this article for more information on what to get tested for, if being pregnant matters, and where you can find free STD testing in McKinney, Texas.
How Do I Know What Type to Test For?
Even if you’re not displaying any symptoms, you should get tested at least once a year if you are sexually active. Some of the most common STIs among women are chlamydia, HPV, gonorrhea, and herpes.
What Are the Symptoms of STDs?
Many STDs do not display noticeable symptoms. However, some STD symptoms could include:
- Abdominal pain
- Unusual discharge from the vagina
- Sores or warts on the genital area
- Painful or frequent urination
- Itching and redness in the genital area
- Blisters or sores in or around the mouth
- Abnormal vaginal odor
- Anal itching, soreness, or bleeding
Does It Matter If I’m Pregnant?
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), pregnant women must test for syphilis, HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C (these can impact the health of the pregnancy).
Having an STI while pregnant can pose additional risks to yourself and the pregnancy.
In some cases, it can even be life-threatening. If you suspect you might be pregnant, getting tested is especially important.
Free Pregnancy and STD Screening
At Hope Women’s Center, we offer no-cost pregnancy tests and STD screenings. We are here to help provide you with information and support and help you develop a treatment plan, if applicable.
Our center is a safe space to discuss your situation in a confidential, judgment-free environment. Contact us today to make your appointment!