Testing and Treatment for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea
Philadelphia Women’s Center can provide testing and treatment for the sexually transmitted infections (STI) chlamydia and gonorrhea. Testing is available on the day of your abortion procedure. If you choose to have testing on the day of your abortion, you will meet privately with a counselor who will discuss your testing options.
Chlamydia is caused by the bacterium, Chlamydia trachomatis, which can damage a woman’s reproductive organs. Even though symptoms of chlamydia are usually mild or sometimes don’t appear at all, they can cause serious complications or irreversible damage, including infertility. These complications can occur “silently” before a woman ever recognizes a problem. For women, if symptoms do occur, they may be abnormal vaginal discharge, burning with urination, low back pain, pain during sex or bleeding between periods. Men with signs or symptoms might have a discharge from their penis or a burning sensation when urinating. Men might also have burning and itching around the opening of the penis.
Chlamydia is the most common bacterial STI in the United States. In 2010, there were 1,307,893 cases reported to Center for Disease Control (CDC). It is estimated that there are actually even more cases than reported because most people with chlamydia are not aware of their infections and do not seek testing.
Gonrrhea is caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae, a bacterium that can grow and multiply easily in the warm, moist areas of the reproductive tract, including the cervix (opening to the womb), uterus (womb), and fallopian tubes (egg canals) in women, and in the urethra (urine canal) in women and men. The bacterium can also grow in the mouth, throat, eyes, and anus.
Gonorrhea is a very common infectious disease. The CDC estimates that more than 700,000 people in the U.S. get new gonorrheal infections each year. The symptoms of gonorrhea can be similar to those of Chlamydia and may include abnormal vaginal discharge, burning with urination and bleeding between periods.
Chlamydia and gonorrhea can both be treated with antibiotics.