The following are questions we receive often, and some you may be asking yourself.
When should I take a pregnancy test?
While it can be possible to receive accurate results before missing your menstrual cycle, pregnancy tests give the most accurate reading after missing a month’s menstrual cycle.
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.
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 who you can trust. Our staff is trained and more than willing to discuss your options with you and those you choose to include in your decision-making process. No one should feel 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 during your preganancy.
Do you offer services for men?
Yes! If a woman has an STD/STI, then we want to test and if needed, treat him as well. We also recognize that an unplanned pregnancy can be overwhelming for the man involved. In the same way that we offer advocacy services for pregnant women, we also offer these services for their partners. In addition to meeting with a Men’s Advocate (and per the female client’s consent) the father of the baby will be present for the pregnancy test results and, if applicable, the ultrasound. For those preparing to be a father for the first time, we offer a class geared specifically towards men.
Do you prescribe birth control?
Gateway Express Testing does not provide, nor refer, for birth control. However, if you are seeking information about birth control, an appointment can be made for you upon request.
Do you provide Plan B?
We do not provide emergency contraception (Plan B, the Morning After Pill, etc.), however, we can discuss how it works and possible side-effects of it’s usage. For more information, call 405.354.4283.
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 and would like any lab fees billed to them, please make sure you bring your Medicaid card with you to your appointment.
How will I get 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 with our office at the time of your initial testing visit.
Should I get tested for STIs?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 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, without either partner knowing.
Also, remember that while condoms have been proven as an effective method to reduce the risk of becoming pregnant or contracting an STI/STD, even if used consistently and correctly each and every time, they do not guarantee 100% protection.
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 Oklahoma, we are able to provide full testing and treatment 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.
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 conditions. However, it is very common for people to use the term STD when there are no signs of the infection.
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.
Gateway Express Testing opened in 2009 as Gateway Women’s Resource Center. For the first 8 years we operated serving women who found themselves with an unplanned pregnancy get tested and counsel them on their options. In July of 2016 we realized we could be a better resource for our community if we would expand our services to include Sexual Health Testing and Treatment and include ultrasound as part of our pregnancy confirmation test. Gateway Express Testing provides resources for healthy lifestyles education through LifeWize in our schools both locally and statewide.