Your sexual health should always be one of your top priorities: most sexually transmitted diseases and infections are easily treatable when diagnosed early and many can be within your body without exhibiting symptoms. Regular STD testing can keep you aware of your status as well as making sure you get the treatment you need to keep your symptoms under control and your partner safe. Learn about why STD testing is important and why they should become part of your health routine.
Some STDs do not have visible symptoms
Some sexually transmitted diseases and infections do not present with physical symptoms, which means you can have them without knowing. Others may exhibit the same symptoms as other illnesses, allowing you to confuse an STD with the flu or a common cold. This can allow you to pass the disease to your partner without knowing, putting them at risk.
Some can be transmitted without intercourse
A popular myth is that STDs and STIs can only be spread by having sex, but that is not the case. Many can be transmitted through oral sex as well as anal or vaginal sex. STDs can also be spread by sharing needles and other drug paraphernalia. Getting screened periodically is recommended even for those who are not sexually active.
Many STDs are treatable
Many people put off getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases because they are afraid of what the results may be, and how their lives may be affected. Several STDs and STIs can be treated easily with assistance from our urgent care medical provider, and more serious infections can be managed with medications to let you maintain a normal life. Without undergoing testing, you won’t be able to know when to seek medical attention or to let previous partners know that they should be tested.
You and your partner should undergo regular testing
If you are sexually active, you should be tested when you switch partners, if you have multiple partners or at least once per year. You don’t need to wait for a physical or visit an emergency room for immediate testing. You and your partner can visit AFC Urgent Care Southcenter for affordable testing, including bundled pricing for a full workup.
Walk-In STD Testing & Treatment in Southcenter, Renton, Seatac, Tukwila and Kent, WA
If you are interested in learning your STD status or want peace of mind, visit AFC Urgent Care Southcenter today. We can provide discreet testing and provide you with results quickly. For any questions, please call 425-970-8117.