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.  At the PLC Health Clinic, we recommend you to be two weeks late for your monthly menstrual cycle.

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.

How will I receive my test results?

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

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. 

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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. If you have Medicaid or Insurance and would like any lab fees billed to them, please make sure you bring your Medicaid or Insurance card with you to your appointment.

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 Ohio, we are able to provide full testing and treatment to you without parental consent.

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.

Do I have to get 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.

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PLC Health Clinic

215 N Market St

Van Wert, OH 45891


call 419-238-9177

text 419-513-8115

FREE pregnancy testing, limited obstetric ultrasound, STD/STI testing for women and men, prenatal and parenting classes, abortion information, and material support

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