A sexually transmitted disease (STD) is an infection you can get through oral, vaginal, or anal sexual contact. Many STDs exist, but the most common ones include:
Some STDs can also transfer through blood contact, and many can also be transferred during pregnancy and birth.
The CentralMed Urgent Care and Primary Care team customizes your treatment according to your symptoms and condition.
STDs can cause health problems, such as pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility. You can also pass them along to other sexual partners. STD testing can protect your health and prevent you from passing STDs along to others.
You won’t even know that you have an STD in many cases because it might not show symptoms in the early stages. If you’re sexually active, regular tests can prevent many issues.
To get an STD test, you can expect a rather simple process. Depending on your symptoms, your provider takes a urine sample, blood sample, throat swab, vaginal swab, or rectum swab. They might also retrieve a cervical tissue sample during a Pap smear.
The tests are mostly painless and only take a few minutes. Once your provider has a sample from your test, they analyze it at their in-house laboratory. They then notify you as soon as the results are available.
If you test positive, your provider customizes an STD treatment plan to treat your infection. Most STDs are treatable with antibiotics or antiviral medication, so you can get treatment right away.
In some cases, an STD might not have obvious symptoms in the earlier stages. However, as it progresses, you might experience some of the following issues:
If you have sexual contact with someone who has a known STD, whether you use protection or not, you should get tested as soon as possible. If you have an STD, you should also let your sexual partner know.
To schedule a private and professional STD test at CentralMed Urgent Care and Primary Care, call the friendly office staff, or book your appointment online today.