If you are sexually active, you are at risk for a sexually transmitted disease (STD). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) notes that individuals 15-24 years old make up over one quarter of the sexually active population, however, accounts for half of the 20 million STIs in the United States each year.1 Onslow PRC provides factual information and referrals for testing and treatment to women in their community.
With some STDs, men or women may have no symptoms at all, yet can be transferred to sexual partners. Untreated STDs, in women, can cause PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease), developing complications such as formation of scar tissue both outside/inside the fallopian tubes, ectopic pregnancy, infertility or long-term pelvic/adominal pain.3 Testing and early treatment is important for your sexual health. Make an appointment at Onslow PRC to find out more information about sexual health and how you can protect yourself.
stds & pregnancy
According to the CDC4, STDs can complicate pregnancy by having serious effects on both the mother and baby. Some common side effects can include low birth weight, preterm labor, and premature birth. Women with an STD can infect their baby either before, during, or after the baby’s birth. The sooner a woman begins receiving care for STDs during pregnancy, the better the health outcomes for the woman and her baby. In addition, women considering abortion should be tested for STIs/STDs to decrease their chances for developing PID.2
make an appointment
If you are sexually active and are concerned that you may be pregnant, make an appointment for a pregnancy test at Onslow Pregnancy Resource Center. Onslow PRC will answer your questions and provide you with factual information in order for you to make an informed decision. All of our services are free and confidential.