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Why You Should Get Tested for STDs

There are a variety of reasons why you should get tested at least annually for STDs. Most STDs can live in the body asymptomatic, so many people may not realize they have them. AFC Urgent Care Stoneham offers discrete and confidential STD testing for all patients.

Why should I get tested?

If you are experiencing symptoms of an STD after having sex with a new partner, it is possible for those symptoms to be extremely mild. It is possible for symptoms to be the result of something else, such as a UTI or yeast infection, but it is always good to check with your doctor. If left untreated, STDs can make it easier for you to contract HIV, or they can lead to infertility, blindness, or organ damage. Additionally, if you are pregnant, some STDs can be given to the baby during birth, or have an effect on the fetus itself.

Getting tested is convenient and easy. It does not take a long time and results are typically available soon after the test is completed. Many STDs are easy to treat and are not lifelong. This can help save you and future partners from worrying about getting an STD. Getting tested regularly can help stop future cases from happening since many patients with STDs are asymptomatic.

What STDs do you test for?

AFC Urgent Care Stoneham can test for the following STDs:

  • Chlamydia
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis B and C
  • Herpes
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis

These can be tested through blood or urine. The CDC offers information on the best types of tests to get and how frequently, depending on your age, gender, or sexual orientation. Read more about that here. Conditions such as chlamydia or gonorrhea can be treated with an antibiotic and it will resolve itself soon after. Others that are not curable may be given suppressant treatments to try and control the symptoms.

Contact AFC Urgent Care Stoneham

In conclusion, it is very important for your overall health and the health of your partner to get tested regularly. STDs can lead to future complications, and they can make it easier for you to contract more serious illnesses such as HIV. If you have recently had unprotected sex with a new partner or think you are experiencing even mild symptoms, visit AFC Urgent Care Stoneham today. We offer STD testing seven days a week, with no appointment necessary. Give us a call today.