CPCI provides free Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) screening for clients. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the most prevalent STIs in 15-24 year olds are chlamydia and gonorrhea. Our screening is limited to those 2 specific infections. Providing screening allows our nurses to further discuss the consequences of sex outside of marriage. If a client tests positive she and her partner will be referred to a physician for treatment.
Chlamydia is a common STI caused by the bacteria, Chlamydia trachomatis. It can cause permanent and lasting damage to a woman's reproductive organs (uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries) if left untreated. It is the most frequently reported bacterial STI in the United States. Often Chlamydia shows no signs or symptoms, yet can cause irreversible damage.
Gonorrhea is caused by the bacteria, Neisseria gonorrhea. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that over 700,000 people in the U.S. develop a new gonorrhea infection each year. Not all people who contract gonorrhea experience symptoms, but an infection can cause serious complications. Gonorrhea can be cured with antibiotics, but may cause serious side effects. Some forms of gonorrhea are drug-resistant, making treatment of this disease more difficult.