Contracting an STD is just like getting sick in the traditional sense. You come into contact with a bacteria or virus, and as it grows, it can make you feel sick or produce some really unpleasant symptoms.
The trouble with STDs is that they can also exist without producing any symptoms, so you might not even know that you have one! This is why routine STD testing is the responsible thing to do for yourself and your partner.
Come see us at AFC Urgent Care Statesville for a rapid STD test, and read on to learn more about STDs below.
What Symptoms Can STDs Cause?
STDs are so common that it is estimated that one in five people will contract one in any given year. If you contract an STD that causes symptoms, you can expect to feel burning with urination, persistent itching, abnormal discharge or pain during or after intercourse.
If you don’t have any symptoms, you could be spreading this STD to your partner and it could quickly lead to an outbreak. Getting tested routinely when you are sexually active helps protect not only you, but your partner and community. Come see us for a quick STD test when you are switching partners or entering into a new relationship!
Some STDs We Can Test For at AFC Statesville
How Do Rapid Tests Detect STDs?
When you stop by for a test, we will first get a health history and ask you some questions about any symptoms you may be having. While it may make you feel anxious or uncomfortable to chat with a stranger about your sexual history, we promise to treat you with respect. Our job is to care for you, and that includes tending to your sexual health as well!
Depending on your symptoms or your health history, we will do a blood test, physical swab or get a urine sample from you. From there, it is run through our lab and you will get your results in as little as 30 minutes! If you do test positive for an STD, we will be ready to provide you with the treatment you need to feel better quickly.
Tips to Prevent Future STDs
- Test routinely and before entering into a new relationship.
- Communicate clearly with your partner.
- Always wear a condom.
- Get vaccinated against hepatitis A, hepatitis B and HPV.
Don’t ignore symptoms of an STD! Come see us at AFC Urgent Care Statesville.