PREVENTING STIs

STIs, or sexually transmitted infections, (also referred to as sexually transmitted diseases or STDs) are infections 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 STIs. Condoms provide some protection against the spread of STIs, but STIs – including HIV – can still be transmitted even when condoms are used perfectly. It’s important to be tested for STIs 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 STI protection, but some STIs 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 STIs, even when condoms are used. Contact First Choice Georgia to learn about your risk factors and talk to our staff about protecting yourself against STIs.

What Are My Chances Of Being Infected?

In the U.S., 1 in 5 people have an STI. In fact, every year there are an estimated 19 million new STI infections in the U.S. alone. Nearly half of all new STI 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 STI. Anyone who is sexually active is at risk for contracting an STI. Using condoms offers some level of STI protection, but abstinence is the only 100% way to prevent STIs.²

STIs And Abortion

Before you undergo an abortion procedure, it’s important to be tested for STIs. Undiagnosed STIs 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.

STI Testing And Treatment

First Choice Georgia provides testing for some of the most common STIs, 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 STI, our nurse practitioner can prescribe treatment for you.

If you’re pregnant and planning an abortion, it’s important to be tested for STIs before your abortion procedure.³. Click the “Make An Appointment” button to schedule a FREE and confidential consultation with one of our nurses. 

  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