STD Testing Q & A
A sexually transmitted disease (STD) is an infection passed between people when they engage in intimate activities. Some STDs are more of an annoyance or embarrassment than anything else, while others can have long-term consequences that include serious illness, infertility, and in some cases, death.
Familiar forms of STD include:
STD testing at a facility like Alexandria Immediate Care is the only way to know for sure whether you have an infection, and what type it is. Starting treatment for sexually transmitted infections promptly is also crucial to avoiding serious health issues and helping prevent the spread of STDs.
What are the symptoms of STDs?
If you notice any of these symptoms affecting your genital region, it could be an indication that you have an STD:
Painful urination, pain during sex, and for women, bleeding between your periods, are also symptoms that need investigating.
Why do I need STD testing?
Although some types of STDs cause visible symptoms or make you feel unwell, you could have other types of STDs without being aware there’s anything wrong. For example, if you’re carrying HIV, unless and until you develop full-blown AIDS, you may be symptom-free.
If you have an STD and don’t know you have it, not only does it have time to cause significant harm to your health, but you could be spreading the infection if you continue to have sex. Testing for STDs ensures you’re aware of any infection you’ve picked up and enables you to receive treatment before the disease progresses.
How do you test for STDs?
If you’re concerned about symptoms you’re experiencing, or you think you may have been exposed to infection, book an appointment at Alexandria Immediate Care. Your provider checks your symptoms and reviews your general health, then takes blood, urine, or tissue samples for testing to confirm the presence or absence of infection.
Even if you have no symptoms and you don’t believe you’ve been exposed to an STD, regular screening ensures that you don’t encounter any surprises. If you’re sexually active, having an annual screening for STDs is wise. It could be advisable to have screening tests more often if you have multiple partners or take part in high-risk sexual activities.
Prevention of STDs is the best option, so being choosy about who you sleep with and always using a condom is essential, along with undergoing regular screening checks at Alexandria Immediate Care. Call the clinic today to arrange your STD screening, or book an appointment online.