Understanding STDs And Finding Free Testing Clinics For Women


STDs are a serious concern for women and it is important to take preventative measures and get
tested regularly. Remember that there are many options for finding free or low-cost testing clinics
and you can find them by searching online, checking with your primary care physician, or consulting
local health departments and community clinics.

What Are STDs?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), also known as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), are
infections that are spread through sexual contact. Some common STDs include chlamydia,
gonorrhea, syphilis, and human papillomavirus (HPV). These diseases can have serious consequences
if left untreated, including infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease, and even cancer.

How Can STDs Be Prevented?

The best way to prevent STDs is to practice safe sex, which includes using condoms and limiting the
number of sexual partners. Its also important to get tested for STDs regularly, especially if you have
a new sexual partner or multiple partners.

Finding Free STD Testing Clinics

Many women may be hesitant to get tested for STDs because of the cost, but there are several
options for finding free testing clinics. Many local health departments and community clinics offer
free or low-cost testing services for women. Additionally, some states offer free testing through their public
health programs.
One option for finding a free std testing clinic is by searching online for "free std testing clinic" along
with your zip code, to find locations near you. Some organizations and foundations also provide free
or low-cost testing, such as The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American
Sexual Health Association (ASHA).
You can also check with your primary care physician or gynecologist to see if they offer STD testing
or know of any clinics in your area that does. Some college campuses also have free testing clinics
for students.

What To Expect During The Test?

During the test, a healthcare professional will ask you some questions about your sexual history and
conduct a physical examination. Depending on the type of test, they may collect a urine sample,
blood sample, or a sample from the genitals. Test results are usually available within a few days and
can be discussed with a healthcare professional.
Its also important to note that some STDs, such as HPV and herpes, may not show any symptoms,
which is why regular testing is so important. Even if you feel fine and have no symptoms, it’s possible

to have an STD and not know it. This is why its essential to get tested and take control of your sexual
health. Additionally, early detection and treatment of STDs can help prevent long-term health
complications and reduce the risk of transmitting the infection to others. Don’t wait for symptoms to
appear, get tested and take care of your sexual health.

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    About the Author

    Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

    A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.

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