STD testing is important for everyone who's sexually active, and even for everyone who's been sexually active in the past. Patients who are showing signs of STDs need to have answers fast, and the team at AccuHealth Urgent Care in St. Louis, Missouri is here to help. On-site STD tests can be performed on a walk-in basis, so come in anytime. If you prefer to make an appointment, you may call the office or book online at any time.
An STD is a disease that's passed primarily through sexual contact. STDs can also be passed through shared IV needles during illegal drug use. Although quite rare, STDs can be transferred from a mom to her baby during birth or through breastfeeding.
Some tests, including chlamydia and gonorrhea, are best performed after the patient withholds urine for at least an hour. Drink plenty of water to ensure that you're hydrated enough to produce a urine sample. Avoid cleaning the genitals prior to STD testing, as medicated wipes and other similar products contain chemicals that may interfere with the testing.
The STD panel most commonly done at AccuHealth Urgent Care screens for many common diseases. Depending on the panel, the testing may include:
These diseases are all among the most common STDs today.
STD symptoms can vary a great deal. Some STDs, for example, chlamydia, don't cause any symptoms at all in many patients. However, most STDs do cause uncomfortable and obvious symptoms, including:
If you've had unprotected sex recently or in the past, you may be at risk for STDs. It's highly recommended that you have regular STD screenings, as this can allow for diagnosis and immediate treatment. The doctors at AccuHealth Urgent Care are happy to recommend a regular screening schedule based on your specific needs and lifestyle.
Many STDs can be treated effectively today, especially if diagnosis occurs early enough. Treatment may include oral medication, topical medication, lifestyle changes, and more. Never hesitate to get STD tested, because having the answers now allows you to get help if you need it.