Health

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), also referred to as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), are spread through sexual contact.  Some STDs can cause further complications, such as infertility or certain forms of cancer.  Additionally, if you are considering an abortion, it is important to know if you have STDs to lower your chances of certain health risks. ABBA, A Women's Resource Center, provides limited testing and treatment for STDs.  Make an appointment today.

Why Should I Get Tested?

Some STDs do not present with any symptoms, so the person that is infected may not know they are spreading the infection to others.  The only way to know for sure is to get tested.  Women who are pregnant can experience complications during pregnancy, such as a premature birth, low birth weight, as well as infection after delivery or impact the health of the baby due to an undiagnosed STD.1  Those considering abortion also should be tested to decrease complications of further infection.  ABBA tests for and treats Gonorrhea and Chlamydia for women in the community.  Make an appointment today.

Information About STDs

Did you know?

  • Americans 15-24 years old make up 27% of the sexually active population, however, this age group accounts for 50% of the 20 million new STIs each year.2
  • Undiagnosed STIs cause 24,000 women to become infertile every year.2
  • Americans 15-24 years old account for 70% of new Gonorrhea infections, 63% of new Chlamydia infections, 49% of new HPV infections, 45% of new Genital Herpes infections, 26% of new HIV infections, and 20% of new Syphillis infections.2
  • In 2013, there were 1,401,906 cases of Chlamydia and 333,004 cases of Gonorrhea reported in the United States.3

ABBA provides limited STD testing and treatment at no cost to you.  Make an appointment to talk with one of our medical staff about your sexual health. ABBA has more information regarding sexual health and sexual integrity at Portland Lifeguard.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases


Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) can either be bacterial (can be treated and/or cured) or viral (no cure available at this time).  Here is a list of known STDs/STIs from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)4:

  • Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Hepatitis (Viral)
  • Herpes, Genital
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
  • Syphillis
  • Trichomoniasis

To assess your risks, you can use the STD Wizard in order to determine your STD/STI risk based on demographics and sexual behaviors.  The information provided to you is based on the CDC STD treatment guidelines and can be helpful to your medical provider.5


1STDs & Pregnancy - CDC Fact Sheet. (2014, December 16). Retrieved January 16, 2015, from http://www.cdc.gov/std/pregnancy/STDFact-Pregnancy.htm
2STD Prevention Infographics. (2013, March 28). Retrieved January 16, 2015, from http://www.cdc.gov/std/products/infographics.htm
3CDC Fact Sheet: Reported STDs in the United States, 2013 National Data for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis. (2014, December 1). Retrieved January 16, 2015, from http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/docs/std-trends-508.pdf
4Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs). (2014, December 16). Retrieved January 5, 2015, from http://www.cdc.gov/std/
5STD Wizard. (2014, January 1). Retrieved January 5, 2015, from http://www.stdwizard.org/#/home