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Frequently Asked Questions

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What’s the difference between STI and STD?

Medically, infections are called diseases when they begin to cause symptoms, which is why many people use both STI and STD when discussing sexual health. however, it is common for people to use the term STD when there are no signs of the infection.

Should I get tested for STIs?

The Centers for Disease Control recommends STI/STD testing any time you have had new or multiple sex partners. There are four types of sex that can put you at risk for contracting an STI: mutual masturbation, oral sex, vaginal sex and anal sex. Many infections may not cause symptoms but can still be passed between partners. Also remember that while condoms may reduce the risk of getting pregnant or contracting an STI/STD, even if used consistently and correctly each and every time, they cannot provide 100% protection.

Am I not tested for STIs during my yearly check-up?

While the services performed in a yearly check-up vary by physician, most physicians will not screen for STIs unless requested to do so. Please ask your physician for more information about what testing they routinely offer during your appointment. Remember that the Centers for Disease Control recommend screening any time you have had new or multiple sex partners.

If I’m under 18, do I need my parents’ permission for testing?

Because STI and pregnancy testing can often lead to a wide range of follow-up discussions, we encourage all of our clients to talk to a family member or friend that they trust. If you choose, you may bring them to the appointment. However, because of the Sexual Health & Reproductive laws in Texas, we are able to provide full testing and treatment to you without parental consent. We pride ourselves in making your health and confidentiality our top priority.

Do I have to be tested for everything?

No – our medical professionals will help you assess which infections you are at the greatest risk for and which tests are recommended.

Are My Results Confidential?

We respect your privacy and protect all of your information.  We will never release any information about you unless required by law or to protect your safety or the safety of others.

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What are my options if I’m pregnant?

Once you have a verified pregnancy, you have three options to consider: parenting, adoption, or abortion. Finding out you are pregnant can cause a wide-range of emotions, so we encourage you to talk to a family member or friend you trust. Our staff is more than willing to discuss your options with you. Our staff is professional and able to give you accurate information to help in your decision-making process. No one should be pressured into making a decision about their pregnancy. We want to provide a safe place for you to make the healthiest decision possible for you.

When should I take a pregnancy test?

For the most accurate results, we recommend waiting until one menstrual cycle has been missed before being tested.  When you really need to know, we want to be sure we are giving you accurate information.

Are My Results Confidential?

We respect your privacy and protect all of your information.  We will never release any information about you unless required by law or to protect your safety or the safety of others.

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Do you prescribe birth control?

First Choice Reproductive Health does not provide birth control. However, we can give you information and help you decide what would be best for your situation.

Do you provide Plan B?

We do not provide emergency contraception (Plan B, the Morning After Pill, etc.), however, we can give you information on how they work and possible side-effects. We can help you decide what's right for your situation. For more information, call us at 830-315-4541.

Do you offer services for men?

Yes! We recognize that an unplanned pregnancy can be overwhelming for the man involved as well as the woman. In the same way that we offer advocacy services for pregnant women, we also offer these services for the father of the baby. Per the female client’s consent, the father of the baby may be present for  the ultrasound. For those men preparing to be a father for the first time, or a father wanting to be the best father, we offer classes geared specifically towards men.

We also offer STI testing and treatment for men.

How do I prepare for my visit?

You will need a photo ID and should not use the restroom for one hour prior to your visit, to ensure the most accurate test results.

Are My Results Confidential?

We respect your privacy and protect all of your information.  We will never release any information about you unless required by law or to protect your safety or the safety of others.