Wondering If You Should Get Tested for STDs?

There might not be data to back it up, but we're 99 percent sure our patients dread talking about the potential of a sexually transmitted disease with their doctor. Although it's easy to feel like you're on an island when you contract — or suspect you've contracted — an STD, half of all people have a sexually transmitted infection before age 25. STDs are unfortunate but incredibly common, and Urgent Care providers treat them all the time. 

This information should make it easier to take the plunge and get the testing you need. 

When is testing necessary?

You should be tested for STDs if you're experiencing signs and symptoms of infection. Common signs and symptoms of sexually transmitted infections include pain during sex, pain during urination, foul-smelling discharge, excessive discharge or discharge that is yellow or green in color, sores, itching, and burning. In some cases, you might also have a fever or swollen glands near your groin or pubic area. It's important to remember that you can have a sexually transmitted disease and show no symptoms at all, so visit with your doctor about your lifestyle and risk.

You should also be tested if you've engaged in sexual activity that could increase your risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease. Examples of risky sexual activities include having sex with somebody who has a known infection, engaging in prostitution or engaging the services of a prostitute, and having multiple sexual partners. If you've recently learned that your partner has engaged in risky activity since you've been together, STD testing can give you peace of mind and ensure you receive the treatment you need if you have contracted an infection.

What will happen if I have an STD and don't get tested?

Untreated STDs can cause serious long-term complications. Women are at risk of developing a condition called Pelvic Inflammatory Disease from untreated infections, which leads to the development of scar tissue and in some cases, permanent infertility. PID can also increase your risk of ectopic pregnancy, a life-threatening condition that leads to a non-viable pregnancy and risk of hemorrhage to the mother.

Untreated HPV stays with you for life, and although it doesn't produce symptoms in most cases, it increases your risk for cervical and vulval cancer. 

HIV and Syphilis can cause life-threatening complications and death if left untreated. For this reason, it's imperative that you seek STD testing from your local Urgent Care clinic as soon as you suspect that you have an infection. 

What can I expect?

When you stop in for STD screening at AccuHealth Urgent Care, you can expect compassionate, competent care and total confidentiality. The doctor treating you will ask questions about your social and sexual history and any symptoms you're experiencing now, and then order the tests required to adequately screen you for illness.

Tests for sexually transmitted diseases might include a urine screen, a cheek swab, a physical exam, a blood test, a swab of your sores, or a sample of cells or discharge (taken by swab) of your penis, vagina, cervix, anus, throat, or urethra. Testing is quick and easy.

Stop by AccuHealth Urgent Care today for your STD screening.

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