STI Testing Ashtabula, Ohio
STI testing in Ashtabula, Ohio. STI/STD screening, confidential services provided to you at no cost.
STI Testing Services
If your pregnancy test is positive, we will test for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea and offer referrals for treatment if needed.
STI and STD Information
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be a serious concern. Left untreated, infections can cause irreversible damage to your reproductive system. Both STIs and STDs can pass onto newborns during childbirth if the mother is infected and remains untreated.
It’s important to remember that not everyone infected with an STD will experience signs or symptoms. But STDs can still cause severe damage, and can be passed to your partner(s) without your knowledge. You don’t need to be experiencing symptoms to be contagious. You can spread the disease at any time.
The Center for Disease Control can provide you with accurate and up-to-date information on each STI.
STDs and STIs… What’s the difference?
The term “STI” (sexually transmitted infection) is used to describe the presence of an infection in the body, which may or may not be accompanied by symptoms. The term “STD” (sexually transmitted diseases) on the other hand, describes an infection that has caused damage in a person’s body—though, like sexually transmitted infections, an STD may or may not be accompanied by symptoms.
STI is the broader of the two terms. All STDs are STIs, though not all STIs become STDs.
So what’s the big deal with STIs?
Some STIs can make you sick today and others can cause problems later in life. Problems like cancer, infertility or death. Not exactly harmless or fun!
I’m sexually active. How often should I get tested for STIs?
Am I not tested for STIs during my yearly check-up?
What About Abortion?
Immediate symptoms of PID can be mild and even non-existent, but the effects are long lasting. According to the CDC, 1 in 8 women with a history of PID experience difficulty getting pregnant. PID is known to cause scarring of the Fallopian tubes, increasing the risk of an ectopic pregnancy. This may result in serious maternal complications, even death.
Dr. Richard A. Zinni
D.O. Certified In Internal Medicine
The content on this page has been reviewed and approved by our Medical Director: Dr. Richard A. Zinni