When I was 24 I got a urinary tract infection for the first time. I proceeded to get one every two or three months for the next year. Each time it set in faster, and was more painful. If you have had one, you know what I’m talking about! I had no health insurance at this point—the package offered at my job cost so much that I had to choose between insurance and a place to live, and I chose to continue paying rent. I received treatment at Planned Parenthood for free: the visit, the test, and the antibiotics.
If left untreated, a urinary tract infection can spread to the kidneys and cause permanent damage, or the infection can spread to the bloodstream and lead to sepsis. This is fatal. It scares me to think that something so easily treated could have been the death of me.
Every time I have been in a Planned Parenthood office I received nothing but gracious care. And when I look around the waiting room I see so many men and women there for so many different reasons. I don’t know where else most of us would have to go without them.
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