Frequently Asked Questions and their answers

Q:When should I
take a
pregnancy
test?

While it can be possible to receive accurate results before missing a menstrual cycle, pregnancy tests are most accurate after missing a month’s menstrual cycle.

Q:What are my
options if I’m
pregnant?

Once you have a verified pregnancy, you have three options to consider: parenting, adoption and 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 and those you choose to include 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.

Q:How and
when will I
receive my
test results?

You will receive your pregnancy test results at the time of your appointment. STD results will take 7-10 days to receive, so we will schedule a follow-up appointment for you at the time of your testing.

Q:Should I get tested for STDs?

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.

Q:When should I get tested for STDs?

Timing is everything. Depending on how soon your got tested after your unprotected sexual encounter, you may need to get tested again. Why? Because every STD has a “testing window,” or the period of time between possible exposure to an infection, and detection of the infection through a blood or urine test.

For example, if you did get an STD from a past sexual partner, you probably wouldn’t test positive for it right away. For example, for the most accurate HIV test results, it is recommended to wait at least three months (12 weeks) after possible exposure to the virus. Herpes simplex virus, on the other hand, can usually be detected after about four weeks.

Q:How
accurate are
urine tests?

Over the counter tests vary: the test used at A Women's Pregnancy Center is 99% accurate 7-10 days after conception.

Q:If I’m under 18, do I need my parents’ permission?

Because STD 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 Florida, we are able to provide pregnancy and STD testing to you without parental consent. We also strive to provide all of our services at the lowest cost possible so that there is no need for services to be billed to you or your guardian’s insurance provider. We pride ourselves in making your health and confidentiality our top priority.

Q:How do I
prepare for
my visit?

You will need a photo ID and should not use the restroom within an hour of your visit, to ensure the most accurate test results or a full bladder for an ultrasound. Pregnancy testing is free, but our STD testing costs $56 for a full panel. If you have insurance coverage and would like any lab fees billed to them, please make sure you check that your insurance works with Quest Diagnostics before your appointment.

Q:What type of
testing does
AWPC do for
STD’s?

A Women's Pregnancy Center provides free urine pregnancy testing. For STD testing, depending on what the nurse practitioner suggests, there are rapid finger prick tests and a vaginal self swab.

Q:Are there
different kinds
of abortion?

Yes. Depending on your stage of pregnancy there may be as many as three different procedures available. Each type has its own risks involved. It is very important for a woman to understand the differences so she can make a choice she is comfortable with. All of our options counselors would be happy to talk with you and give you information on the different abortion procedures/risks during your visit.

Q:Will anyone
know I visited
AWPC?

No. A Women's Pregnancy Center has a strict confidentiality policy. If a friend or family member contacts us, we will not release information about you, your STD/pregnancy test results, your pregnancy or your affiliation with us without your permission or unless ordered to do so by court subpoena. Keep in mind: positive test results for Chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV and hepatitis C are all reportable STDs. This means that if you test positive for one of these STDs, your test result is shared with public health to ensure that you get the proper support and treatment.

Q:Do you
provide STD
treatment?

At A Women's Pregnancy Center, we only treat for chlamydia. If a client tests positive for HIV, Syphilis, or Gonorrhea, we will provide an outside referral to a healthcare professional in Tallahassee.