No one wants to think about the possibility of contracting an STD. But the reality is, anyone who is sexually active has a chance of getting an STD; even when using protection such as a condom.
What about testing? Women have a few options when it comes to STD testing but not all tests provide the same level of accuracy.
Testing for STDs is a sensitive subject. Shame and stigmas are often associated with these tests. So the desire to have these tests done in the privacy of one’s own home is valid. However, studies suggest that the accuracy of at-home STD testing needs improvement.
The issues are not with the test themselves, but rather in the sample collection. It’s easy to accidentally contaminate a home sample or not collect enough for the labs to properly process. For this reason, getting tested for STDs in a clinic or hospital setting is always the best practice to follow.
Clinical Tests Available
Clinical testing utilizes the same samples as at-home tests, however the accuracy of clinical tests is much higher due to the professional and sterile environment. There are several methods of testing. These methods may vary depending on the availability at your healthcare facility.
Where Can I Find Free STD Testing?
At Pregnancy Care Center of Rincon, we believe cost and access shouldn’t be a deterrent for women’s health. If you are sexually active, regular STD testing is recommended to be sure you aren’t carrying around an unwanted disease.
Our clinic provides free and easy testing for gonorrhea and chlamydia. Tests are done in a safe and shame-free environment. Should results come back positive, our clinic also offers treatment for gonorrhea and chlamydia.
Call or text us at (912) 826-1133 to schedule an appointment. Your appointment, tests and results are always private. Let us join the journey of protecting your health today!