Frequently Asked Questions
You have questions, we have answers
Who are you?
How much do services cost?
How do I prepare for my visit?
How long will my appointment take?
How will I get my test results?
When should I get tested for STIs?
Am I not tested for STIs during my yearly check-up?
I’m under 18, do I need my parents’ permission for testing?
All services are free of charge and confidential with the very rare exceptions of abuse or neglect where reporting is required by law.
Do I have to be tested for everything?
How do you test for STIs? (What to expect if I am tested)
- Bacterical Vaginosis- vaginal swab*
- Chlamydia- urine sample
- Gonorrhea- urine sample
- Hepatitis- blood work
- Herpes- blood work
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)- blood work
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)- pap test/visual exam (if necessary)*
- Syphilis- blood work
- Trichomoniasis- vaginal swab*/urine sample
*Indicates not currently testing for this infection
Can I bring someone with me to my appointment?
Do you prescribe birth control?
Do you give out condoms?
We do not provide condoms. Why?
- Regarding pregnancy, condoms, when used properly every time, have a theoretical effectiveness rate of 98% for pregnancy. In reality, 18 out of 100 people will become pregnant if condoms are the only birth control used.
- Regarding Sexual Health Risk, although condoms can reduce the exposure risk to infections, they do not eliminate risk of infection. The CDC states, ‘the most reliable ways to avoid transmission of STDS are to abstain from sexual activity, or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner.’
Do you provide Plan B?
When do I take a pregnancy test?
Do you provide fertility testing?
I’m pretty sure I want an abortion, should I still make an appointment?
How are you different than Planned Parenthood?
Anchor of Hope offers parenting classes and material support. If this is a first child for either mom or dad, equipping you as a parent will empower you to understand more about your baby. Moms and dads may also learn a few parenting secrets, helping you to get more sleep.
Do you serve men?
We recognize the importance of a man’s voice in a pregnancy decision. The same client advocacy services offered to women are also offered to men for pregnancy decisions. When scheduling a pregnancy test, we will ask if the potential father will be present for the appointment.
For ultrasounds, you (the male partner) are welcome to be present for the ultrasound appointment, providing the mother of your baby agrees.
Regarding STI services, we serve all genders.