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How to Get Free STI/STD Testing in Maryland?

If you are sexually active, it is important to have regular STI/STD testing. Doing so protects your overall health. The CDC recommends that if you have multiple partners, you should get tested every three to six months.

It is imperative that you adopt STD testing as part of your regular health screenings because some STDs do not show any signs or symptoms. Taking charge of your sexual health is both a responsible and empowering choice.

Choose Hope Women’s Center offers no-cost STD testing. In cooperation with Johns Hopkins, a testing kit is discreetly sent to your home for testing. Client advocates at the Edgewood location are prepared to walk you through the entire confidential STI testing process.

The Baltimore County Department of Health offers free HIV testing, and additional STD testing services vary by clinic location and resources available. The Harford County Health Department also offers these services.

If you are looking for low-cost STD testing in the Bel Air, Maryland area, Quest Diagnostics and Labcorp sites are able to help. If you have insurance, CVS Minute Clinics offer chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV testing, as does MedStar Medical in Bel Air.

What is an STD?

STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), otherwise known as STIs (sexually transmitted infections), are pathogenic infections that are passed from person to person through sexual intercourse or contact.

According to the Mayo Clinic, when left untreated, STDs can lead to complications such as:

  • Pregnancy complications
  • Pelvic pain
  • Arthritis
  • Eye inflammation
  • Heart disease
  • Infertility
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Certain cancers, such as cervical and rectal cancers

What Are the Symptoms of an STD?

Some STDs do not have any signs or symptoms, which is why annual screening is so critical when sexually active.

Other STDs do have symptoms, which vary in severity. They can include:

  • Painful urination
  • Discharge from the penis
  • Sores/bumps on the genitals, oral or rectal area
  • Painful sex
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding
  • Odorous vaginal discharge
  • Abdominal bleeding
  • Sore, swollen lymph nodes
  • Fever
  • Rash on the hands or feet

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Your health matters!

Have More Questions?

If you have more questions about STDs or would like to discuss your pregnancy options, contact us today to schedule a free and confidential appointment. We offer free clinical pregnancy tests, pregnancy support, a pregnancy education program, community referrals, and post-abortion support.

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