No-Cost STI Testing
We offer no-cost STI testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea for women as a part of the pre-abortion screening.
What Are STIs?
An STI (sexually transmitted Infection) is an infection that usually does not show any physical signs or symptoms. You contract it from another infected person through sexual activity.
An STI becomes an STD (sexually transmitted disease) when symptoms appear. It’s important to remember that not all infected people have signs or symptoms.
Are You At Risk?
You are at risk of getting an STI every time you have sex. Condoms don’t eliminate your risks, but they do reduce them. Abstinence is the safest choice.
There are now more than a dozen STIs, several of which are chronic, life-long infections. Some cause infertility, cancer, and even death.
The United States estimates 19 million new infections each year – over half of these occurring in young people, ages 15-24.
What We Test For
According to the Mayo Clinic, chlamydia is a bacterial infection of your genital tract. It is the most frequently reported bacterial STI in the United States.
If left untreated, chlamydia can cause permanent and lasting damage to a woman’s reproductive organs (uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries).
This disease may be difficult to detect because you rarely have symptoms in the early stages. If you’re going to have symptoms, they usually start one to three weeks after exposure.
Signs and symptoms may include:
- Painful urination
- Lower abdominal pain
- Vaginal discharge in women
- Discharge from the penis in men
- Pain during sexual intercourse in women
- Bleeding between periods in women
- Testicular pain in men
Gonorrhea is also a bacterial infection of your genital tract. The bacteria can grow in your mouth, throat, eyes, anus, and mother to baby during delivery.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that over 700,000 people in the U.S. develop a new gonorrhea infection each year.
The first gonorrhea symptoms generally appear within ten days after exposure. However, some people may be infected for months before signs or symptoms occur.
Signs and symptoms of gonorrhea may include:
- Thick, cloudy, or bloody discharge from the penis or vagina
- Pain or burning sensation when urinating
- Heavy menstrual bleeding or bleeding between periods
- Painful, swollen testicles
- Painful bowel movements
- Anal itching
Muskegon ranks 3rd in the state for STDs. Get checked regularly!
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