The Importance of STI Testing
Untreated sexually transmitted infections can damage a woman’s health and future reproduction. Because of the health implications, Options for Women provides free STI testing to patients in the Lakeland and Bartow areas.
Free STI and HIV Testing
It is important to know if you have a Sexually Transmitted Infection when considering your pregnancy options. Treatment for an STI (formerly known as STD) should begin as soon as possible. But if you are considering having an abortion, you MUST receive treatment prior to having the abortion.
Options for Women is pleased to now offer free HIV testing to men and women in our community. It is estimated that over 21,000 people living in Florida may be living with HIV but be unaware of their status.
Women who have an untreated STI are up to 25% more likely to develop Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) following an abortion procedure. So, testing for STIs should happen before you make a decision about your pregnancy. You can receive treatment from your doctor or through the health department.