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PREVENTING STDs

STDs (sometimes called sexually transmitted diseases, STIs, or sexually transmitted infections) are infectious conditions that are passed from one person to another during sexual activity. If you’ve engaged in any type of sexual activity, you’re at risk for STDs. Condoms provide some protection against the spread of STDs, but STDs – including HIV – can still be transmitted even when condoms are used perfectly. It’s important to be tested for STDs to be sure you’re not infected, even if you don’t have any symptoms.¹

Will Condoms Protect Me?

Using condoms offers some level of STD protection, but some STDs are spread by skin-to-skin contact in areas not covered by a condom. Condoms may also break, tear or be used incorrectly. These factors put you at risk for contracting STDs, even when condoms are used. Contact First Choice Georgia to learn about your risk factors and talk to our staff about protecting yourself against STDs.

What Are My Chances Of Being Infected?

In the U.S., 1 in 5 people have an STD. In fact, every year there are an estimated 19 million new STD infections in the U.S. alone. Nearly half of all new STD cases occur in people ages 15 to 24. Some of those who are infected don’t experience any symptoms, so they may not know they have an STD. Anyone who is sexually active is at risk for contracting an STD. Using condoms offers some level of STD protection, but total abstinence is the only 100% way to prevent STDs.²

STDs And Abortion

Before you undergo an abortion procedure, it’s important to be tested for STDs. Undiagnosed STDs during your abortion may cause complications following your procedure, including Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). PID can lead to serious consequences including infertility and ectopic pregnancy. When PID is caused by a chlamydia infection, a woman may be more likely to experience only mild symptoms even when serious damage is being done to her reproductive organs.

STD Testing And Treatment

First Choice Georgia provides women referral testing for some of the most common STDs, including:

  • Syphilis
  • Gonorrhea
  • Hepatitis B
  • HIV/AIDs
  • Herpes (but only if there are active lesions)
  • Chlamydia
  • Bacterial Vaginosis
  • Yeast Infections

If you’re diagnosed with an STD, you will be referred for treatment options.

If you’re pregnant and planning on abortion, it’s important to be tested for STDs before your abortion procedure.³.

  1. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs). Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  Accessed September 17, 2018.
  2. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs). Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  Accessed September 17, 2018.
  3. Blackwell, A. L Et. Al. “Universal prophylaxis for Chlamydia trachomatis and anaerobic vaginosis in women attending for suction termination of pregnancy: an audit of short-term health gains.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine Web site. Accessed September 17, 2018