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The Importance of Getting Tested for STDs

couple talking in bedYour sexual health should always be a priority, but with September being Sexual Health Awareness Month, let’s get a better understanding of why STD testing is an important part of maintaining a healthy sex life.  
Knowing when to get tested and what to get tested for is the best way to protect you and your partner from STDs.  Let’s discuss some of the facts you need to know about STDs and maintaining a happy and healthy sex life.

You might have an STD and not know it

Many STDs don’t show any symptoms, and if they do, they may mirror symptoms of other infections or illnesses such as a regular cold or the flu.  STDs that present no symptoms can be easily overlooked, and if left untreated, they can be passed along to other partners before being detected.

You should get tested regularly

Individuals who are sexually active should undergo regularly screening.  It is recommended to get tested at least annually, every time you have a new partner, or if you have multiple partners.  You don’t have to wait for your annual checkup or pay an expensive ER hospital bill for testing. Most urgent care clinics provide affordable STD testing.

You don’t have to have intercourse to get an STD

You don’t have to have sex to get an STD.  Aside from STDs being commonly spread through oral sex, vaginal sex, and anal sex, STDs can also be passed along from shared needles and drug materials.  It is always recommended to receive screening even if you’re not active.

Ask your partners if they’ve been tested 

You always want to make sure you build a relationship on trust, and that also means trusting that your partner has previously practiced safe sex.  Don’t be afraid to ask your partner about their sexual history. If they avoid the answer, that’s a red flag.

Most STDs are treatable

STD testing can be a nerve-wracking experience, and many people avoid it for the fear of what the results will say, but most STDs are easily treatable.  The sooner you get tested for STDs, the sooner you can begin treatment and inform your past partners that they may need to get tested, as well. If you do have a more serious STD that isn’t curable, you should seek out treatment and management options, so you can continue to live a normal life.

STD Testing at AFC Urgent Care West Orange

Our urgent care center tests for a number of common STDs on a walk-in basis, so you never need an appointment to be seen.  We provide discreet screening, so you will always have peace of mind receiving testing with us. For more information about our STD testing services, or other services we provide at our walk-in clinic, please call us at 973-669-5900.