The risk is real

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be present in a person’s body without symptoms and you and your partner may not know you are infected. Left untreated, STDs can have serious health consequences.

Two of the most common STDs are chlamydia and gonorrhea. Alpha Center offers free urine-based testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea to our pregnancy-related clients and their partners only. If you are not already a pregnancy-related client, please set up an appointment to receive a free pregnancy test. At your pregnancy test consultation, a client advocate will be able to discuss with you our STD testing policies and procedures.

Symptoms of Chlamydia

Early-stage chlamydia infections often cause few or no signs and symptoms. When signs or symptoms occur, they usually start one to two weeks after exposure to chlamydia. Even when signs and symptoms occur, they’re often mild and passing, making them easy to overlook.

Signs and symptoms of chlamydia infection may include:

  • Painful urination
  • Lower abdominal pain

Signs and symptoms of chlamydia infection in women include:

  • Vaginal discharge in women
  • Painful sexual intercourse in women
  • Bleeding between periods and after sex in women

Signs and symptoms of chlamydia infection in men include:

  • Testicular pain in men
  • Discharge from the penis in men

Symptoms of Gonorrhea

In many cases, gonorrhea infection causes no symptoms. When symptoms do appear, gonorrhea infection can affect multiple sites in your body, but it commonly appears in the genital tract.

Signs and symptoms of gonorrhea infection in men include:

  • Painful urination
  • Pus-like discharge from the tip of the penis
  • Pain or swelling in one testicle

Signs and symptoms of gonorrhea infection in women include:

  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Painful urination
  • Vaginal bleeding between periods, such as after vaginal intercourse
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pelvic pain

Gonorrhea can also affect these parts of the body:

  • Rectum – Signs and symptoms include anal itching, pus-like discharge from the rectum, spots of bright red blood on toilet tissue and having to strain during bowel movements.
  • Eyes – Gonorrhea that affects your eyes may cause eye pain, sensitivity to light and pus-like discharge from one or both eyes.
  • Throat- Signs and symptoms of a throat infection may include a sore throat and swollen lymph nodes in the neck.
  • Joints – If one or more joints become infected by bacteria (septic arthritis), the affected joints may be warm, red, swollen and extremely painful especially when you move an affected joint.

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