STD

STD Testing & Treatment

ThriVe® offers confidential STD testing for women that is low cost/no cost. ThriVe® St. Louis tests for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, HIV, Syphilis, Bacterial Vaginosis, and Trichomoniasis, certain criteria apply. All women considering abortion should be tested for STDs even if they are not experiencing any symptoms to ensure that there are no possible complications. Make an appointment today!

Abortion & STDs

STD information

  • Abortion clinics may or may not test patients for potential STDs
  • Some STDs may spread through the pelvic area during a surgical abortion
  • Possible complication – Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

STD Infections linked to PID

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Bacterial Vaginosis

PID1

  • Symptoms may include pelvic pain, pain or bleeding during sex, fever, and others
  • Test – no precise test; usually based on clinical findings, ultrasound findings or a laparoscopy procedure

Chlamydia2/Gonorrhea3

  • Often have no symptoms, but may experience genital discharge, burning, and/or irritation
  • Test – Urine/Vaginal Swab
  • All females 15 years of age and over may be tested annually, certain criteria apply
  • Screening males-certain criteria apply
  • Call our helpline number to make an initial appointment or to make a retest appointment within 12 months from initial testing.

HIV4

  • Often no symptoms for years
  • Test – Blood Draw
  • Six month re-test after initial testing recommended
  • All females 15 – 64 years of age may be tested. Certain criteria apply.
  • Screening males – certain criteria apply.

Syphilis5

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

Bacterial Vaginosis6

  • While Bacterial Vaginosis is not considered an STD, having Bacterial Vaginois can increase the chances of getting an STD.
  • Symptoms may include thin white/gray discharge, fishy odor, itching, and others.
  • Test – Vaginal Swab

Trichomoniasis7

  • Most people with Trichomoniasis don’t show any symptoms, but symptoms may include yellow/green discharge, itchy burning, redness, and others.
  • Test – Vaginal Swab
  • All females 15 years of age and over may be tested.
 

STD Prevention8

  • The only way to avoid STDs is to not have vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
  • Condoms may reduce risk of contracting some STDs if used consistently and correctly each time. However, human error reduces their effectiveness.
  1 http://www.cdc.gov/std/pid/stdfact-pid.htm 2 http://www.cdc.gov/std/chlamydia/stdfact-chlamydia.htmhttp://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.htmhttp://www.cdc.gov/condomeffectiveness/brief.html