STD Testing & STI Testing in Frederick, Maryland

STD Testing & STI Testing in Frederick, Maryland

We offer free STD testing, STI testing and treatment for common sexually transmitted diseases and infections (STD/STI) for women. STI testing is available with one of our medical professionals by appointment only. Our services include sexual health information and education for women and men and referrals for further care.

STI Information

Sexually transmitted infections are diseases passed from person to person during sexual activity (e.g. vaginal, oral and anal sex, outercourse or mutual masturbation). These sexually transmitted infections can be transmitted through bodily fluids and through skin-to-skin contact.

Fifty percent of all new STIs occur in people aged 15-24 years of age. It’s important to remember that not everyone infected with an STI will experience signs or symptoms. The most common symptom associated with sexually transmitted infections is none! But STIs can lead to disease and cause severe damage, and can be passed to your partner(s) without your knowledge. You don’t need to be experiencing symptoms to be contagious. You can spread the disease during sex.

Left untreated, these infections can cause damage to the reproductive system leading to infertility and an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy. Infected mothers can pass STIs onto newborns during childbirth.  It is important for pregnant women to get a STD test to find out their health status.   

STDs and STIs...What's the difference?

→ STDs and STIs… What’s the difference?

The terms STD (sexually transmitted disease) and STI (sexually transmitted infection) are often used interchangeably. So why two terms?

The term “STI” is used to describe the presence of an infection in the body without symptoms, but may still be transmitted to another person. The term “STD,” on the other hand, describes an infection that has progressed and caused damage in a person’s body.

Most people who are infected with an STI don’t have any symptoms, but they can still transmit the infection to someone else and, if left untreated, may cause damage to their bodies. This is why healthcare professionals are using the term
“STI” to raise awareness of the importance of getting tested regularly.

→ What About Abortion

If not treated prior to an abortion, these infections may cause serious health problems. During an abortion these organisms can be carried up into the uterus. When this occurs, a second condition called Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) may develop. Immediate symptoms of PID can be mild and even non-existent, but the effects can be long lasting. According to the CDC, 1 in 8 women with a history of PID experience difficulty getting pregnant. PID is known to cause scarring of the Fallopian tubes, increasing the risk of an ectopic pregnancy. This may result in serious maternal complications, even death.

The Center for Disease Control can provide you with accurate and up-to-date information on each STI.

Disclaimer: This information is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice.

REFERENCES

Information taken from:

  1. Adolescents and young adults. (2021, April 8). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/std/life-stages-populations/adolescents-youngadults.htm
  2. STI vs. STD: Key differences & resources for students. (n.d.). Online Public Health & Healthcare Administration Degrees | Tulane University. Retrieved July 9, 2021, from https://publichealth.tulane.edu/blog/sti-vs-std/
  3. STD facts – Gonorrhea. (2019, October 22). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/std/gonorrhea/stdfact-gonorrhea.htm
  4. STD facts – Chlamydia. (2020, August 5). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/std/chlamydia/stdfact-chlamydia.htm
  5. Pelvic inflammatory disease – CDC fact sheet. (2020, November 19). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/std/pid/stdfact-pid.htm

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