Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are also called sexually transmitted diseases or STDs. Roughly 1 in 4 women are infected with an STD. Having an undetected sexually transmitted disease at the time of an abortion procedure can lead to complications. Two of the most common STDs are chlamydia and gonorrhea. Both are bacterial infections that live in the vaginal opening. Sometimes people who are infected with these or other STDs are asymptomatic, so they are unaware they are carriers of the disease. This is a huge risk factor during an abortion.
Certain surgical abortion procedures have the potential of pushing chlamydia and gonorrhea infections deep inside the uterus, where they can cause serious problems. If left untreated, a chlamydia or gonorrhea infection can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). PID is dangerous when left untreated. It can lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancy, chronic pelvic pain, and the formation of abscesses.
While Care Net does not offer abortions at any of our locations, our Albuquerque pregnancy help center offices can test for both of these common STIs. If you are considering having an abortion, you must get tested for STIs first. This testing is free when performed in our offices. If you test positive for either, you will need to receive treatment before you can proceed with an abortion. While we do not offer other forms of STD testing in our Care Net offices, we can refer you for additional STD testing, which we recommend before having an abortion. We can help you locate the best options for testing. You also must inform your abortion provider if you tested positive for any STDs, which includes the type of treatment you received. Having this information will help your abortion provider make the best decisions about surgical methods to use or avoid during your procedure.
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