STD and STI testing should not be ignored or put off. Why? Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexually transmitted infections ( STIs) are very common and are growing concern in the U.S. Over 26 million people are diagnosed each year with an STI or STD. The 2 fastest growing groups? Ages 15 to 24, Seniors and the Elderly.
“According to the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report, cases of several common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have reached historic highs among elderly populations in the U.S. including chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis.”
As STDs continue to grow in numbers, it is important to stay informed about why you should get tested so you can avoid the spread. AFC Urgent Care Dedham is behind the message for STD awareness month by encouraging new partners and anyone who is sexually active to get tested to know their status. Here is what you should know about STDs, STIs and testing.
Why Is STD Testing So important?
STDs don’t always show visible symptoms. It’s very possible that you could have an STD and not know it for weeks, months or even years. The real threat is that certain STDs can worsen without treatment or a treatment period can be missed without proper testing. This is why it’s important to get tested at least once a year.
You can contract an STD in other ways besides intercourse. STDs can be transmitted via oral sex, anal sex, or skin to skin contact (cuts or open skin).
Knowing your status can help you start treatment right away. Although some STDs can’t be cured, there are some that can be cured with proper treatment within a short timeframe.
STDs can affect both genders, but women are at a higher risk, as an STD may lead to complications like infertility, pregnancy issues and can even be passed on to newborns
Condoms can help protect you from STD transmission, but shouldn’t be a substitute for testing. Testing is the only accurate way to know if you have an STD or not.
I’m Worried About Being Judged For Getting Tested For STDs
April is STD Awareness Month. It’s devoted to STD awareness and information on STD testing centers. We get that STD testing can often feel overwhelming or embarrassing, but fear not. Getting tested for STDs is considered responsible, is confidential, and is a smart way of continuing to have sex.
Knowledge as power, and knowing more about STDs and safer ways to have sex will help lower your risk for contracting one. If you’re about to become sexually active with someone new, put the brakes on and get tested together!
There’s nothing sexier than STD-free sex.
STD Testing Begins By Coming Into AFC Urgent Care Dedham
AFC Urgent Care Dedham offers confidential STD and STI testing 7 days a week! Our staff is friendly and knowledgeable about STDs. We make sure you feel comfortable and safe to talk about your concerns about STDs in a judgment free atmosphere. Always here for you!
Here’s how to navigate your way through our STD testing process:
Walk-in to our clinic and request a CONFIDENTIAL STD test with no appointment needed
We offer extended hours on the weekdays from 8a to 8p and weekend hours from 8a to 5p making it ideal for individuals who get out of work late or need to be seen on a weekend.
Our locations have in-house labs, so you’re able to get your results faster and are often less expensive than at other clinics.
Our providers are discreet and professional and can write prescriptions, so if any medications are needed, you can pick them up where you choose conveniently.