Sexual Health: STDs and more

When you are sexually active, pregnancy is usually the greatest concern. You may be afraid of what your parents or boyfriend will do if you become pregnant. You may also be concerned that you will not be able to finish school or pursue your career. While pregnancy is something to be very concerned about, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are equally, if not more, worrisome. You are at risk for pregnancy if you have sex around ovulation (about 3 days a month), but you are at risk for getting an STI every time you have sex.

Free STD Testing

Skylark™ provides free and confidential STD testing for women. We test for Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and Bacterial Vaginosis. In addition, we offer free treatment for Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and Bacterial Vaginosis if your test is positive. Make an appointment for free STD testing and to learn more about reducing your risks of contracting a STD.

STDs and Abortion

If you undergo an abortion with an undiagnosed STD, like Chlamydia, you have a greater risk of developing PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease). PID can lead to serious consequences including infertility, ectopic pregnancy, abscess formation, and chronic pelvic pain. Since many women with STDs are asymptomatic and don’t realize they are infected, we recommend STD testing before undergoing an abortion. Make an appointment for free STD testing and treatment.

Common STDs

There are at least 25 types of STDs–some have symptoms, some do not. Skylark™ of Coastal Georgia provides testing for some of the most common STDs. Our STD testing is free and completely confidential. You will also receive information on safer sex practices and reducing your risk of contracting an STD. Be informed. Make an appointment for STD testing today!

Chlamydia


Gonorrhea


HIV


Chlamydia is the most frequently reported bacterial sexually transmitted disease in the United States. Any sexually active person can be infected with Chlamydia. The greater the number of sex partners, the greater the risk of infection. Because the cervix of teenage girls and young women is not fully matured, they are at particularly high risk for infection. In women, symptoms of Gonorrhea are often mild, but most women who are infected have no symptoms. Even when a woman has symptoms, they can be mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection. Untreated gonorrhea can cause serious and permanent health problems. HIV/AIDS HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infects cells of the immune system. Infection results in the progressive deterioration of the immune system, breaking down the body’s ability to fend off infections and diseases. AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) refers to the most advanced stages of HIV infection. There are still over 1 million people living with HIV in the United States. About one-fourth of those have not yet been diagnosed and are unaware of their infection.

Syphilis


Bacterial Vaginosis


Syphilis is often called “the great imitator” because so many of the signs and symptoms are exactly like the symptoms of other diseases. Infectious syphilis occurs most in women 20 to 24 years old and men 35 to 39 years old. A pregnant woman with syphilis can pass the disease on to the baby. Genital sores from Syphilis make it easier to transmit and acquire HIV infection sexually. Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is the most common vaginal infection in women of childbearing age. As many as 1,080,000 pregnant women are estimated to be infected with BV every year. Any woman can get BV, though the risk is increased by having new or multiple sex partners. Having BV increases the chance of getting HIV infection if you’re exposed to the virus. It can also put you at increased risk for some complications of pregnancy, such as preterm delivery.