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STI/STD TESTING & TREATMENT

ThriVe® offers no cost, confidential STI/STD  testing for women. ThriVe® Central VA tests for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, HIV, Syphilis, Bacterial Vaginosis, and Trichomoniasis, certain criteria may apply.  Women considering abortion should get tested for STIs even if they don’t have any visible symptoms. Having an active STI at the time of an abortion procedure can cause serious complications. Make an appointment today!

Abortion & STI/STDs

  • Abortion clinics may or may not test patients for potential STIs before an abortion procedure.
  • Some STIs can spread through the pelvic area during a surgical abortion, causing greater damage.
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is a serious possible complication.

STI/STDs linked to PID

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Bacterial Vaginosis

PID

  • Symptoms may include pain in the pelvic area, pain or bleeding during sex, fever, and more
  • There is not a specific  test for PID; the diagnosis is usually based on clinical findings, ultrasound findings or a laparoscopy procedure

Chlamydia/Gonorrhea

  • These often do not have visible symptoms, but may cause genital discharge, burning, and/or irritation
  • Test – Urine
  • All females 15 – 64 years of age can (and should, if sexually active) be tested annually, certain criteria may apply
  • Call our helpline to make an initial appointment or to make a retest appointment within a year  from initial testing.

HIV

  • Often shows no symptoms for years
  • Test – Blood Draw
  • A three month re-test after initial testing is recommended
  • All females 15 – 64 years of age may be tested. Certain criteria may apply.

Syphilis

  • Initial primary stage symptoms may include a painless genital sore; secondary stage symptoms may include skin rash and flu-like symptoms; third stage may affects internal organs
  • Test – Blood Draw
  • All females 15 – 64 years of age may be tested. Certain criteria may apply.

Bacterial Vaginosis

  • While Bacterial Vaginosis is not actually an STI, having Bacterial Vaginois can increase your  chance of getting an STI.
  • Symptoms may include thin white/gray discharge, fishy odor, itching, and more.
  • Test – Vaginal Swab. Certain criteria may apply.

Trichomoniasis

  • The majority of people with Trichomoniasis do not show symptoms, but symptoms may include yellow/green discharge, itchy burning, redness, and more.
  • Test – Vaginal Swab
  • All females 15 years of age and over may be tested and treated—if needed. Certain criteria may apply.

STI/STD Prevention

  • The only way to avoid STIs/STDs is to not have vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
  • Condoms may reduce risk of contracting some STIs/STDs if used consistently and correctly every time. However, human error reduces effectiveness.

1 http://www.cdc.gov/std/pid/stdfact-pid.htm

2 http://www.cdc.gov/std/chlamydia/stdfact-chlamydia.htm

3 http://www.cdc.gov/std/gonorrhea/stdfact-gonorrhea.htm

4 http://www.cdc.gov/std/hiv/stdfact-std-hiv.htm

5 http://www.cdc.gov/std/syphilis/stdfact-syphilis.htm

6 http://www.cdc.gov/std/bv/stdfact-bacterial-vaginosis.htm

7 http://www.cdc.gov/std/trichomonas/stdfact-trichomoniasis.htm

8 http://www.cdc.gov/condomeffectiveness/brief.html