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Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and STIs are one of the most common health concerns among Americans, which means that fast screening and treatment is a must for local patients. According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 2 million individuals contract either chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis annually. Many more are likely to experience other STDs and bacterial infections due to sexual activity.
Private, affordable, and accessible STD testing at AFC Urgent Care Cherry Creek offers all the amenities and conveniences of urgent care with the quality of STD testing in a similar clinic or hospital.
STD testing is a relatively simple process but requires expressed consent in order to complete. When patients come in for testing, they should understand that STD testing requires some comprehensive information before testing can begin. However, once a patient is ready to test, the process is quite simple. The three main things that patients must make clear first before their test include:
Patients that know they are ready for a new screening should speak with any of our providers at our walk-in clinics around the city of Denver.
If you have symptoms of an STD, it’s important to be tested. Some common symptoms of STDs include sores on the genitals, discharge from the penis or vagina, itching, and burning during urination. But remember, many infections often do not cause any symptoms. This is because most STDs are asymptomatic, which is when a disease or infection doesn’t have any immediate physical symptoms.
Many people have sexually transmitted infections and never know it. If you’ve had sex play with another person and did not use a condom, female condom, dental dam, or other prophylactic, it’s a good idea to talk to your healthcare provider about STD testing. Getting tested can put your mind at ease or get you (and your partner) needed treatment. It’s also important to learn about ways you and your partner can protect yourselves in the future through safer sex.
You must ask your health care provider to give you an STD test. Some people assume they will be tested for STDs when they have an exam for another reason, such as when a woman has a Pap test or when a man has a physical. This is not true — you will not automatically be tested for STDs. If you are seeing your health care provider for another reason and are not sure if you need an STD test, just ask. Your provider can help you decide if you need any tests, and which one(s) you may need.
There is no single test for every sexually transmitted disease — tests are specific to each infection. And some infections can be found using different kinds of tests. You and your health care provider will decide what STD tests make the most sense for you. In most cases, your provider will first ask you questions about
Your sexual practices — such as how many partners you have, whether you use condoms or other barrier methods, and what body parts are used during sex play
You might be wondering if and when you may need a test for any STD. You might also be wondering if your partner needs one. Or you may simply be interested in learning more about STD testing in Cherry Creek. Whatever the reason, the more information you have, the better you can protect your sexual health.
If you think you may have been exposed to an infection, getting tested for STDs is a great way to protect your sexual health. It’s also a great way to protect the health of your sex partners.
STD tests for specific diseases are similar, but some may have more components than others. While most tests require a blood sample, other STD screenings may use other methods.
It depends on which infection you may have. And some infections can be tested for in more than one way.
Sometimes a diagnosis can be made based on your symptoms and/or a physical exam. Treatment could be prescribed right away. Other times, your health care provider may need to send a sample to a lab to be tested. In that case, the results may not be available for several days or weeks.
In general, parental permission is not needed for STD testing. However, there may be certain locations where, for one reason or another, a health care provider will require parental permission or may notify a parent about testing. If you are concerned about confidentiality, ask your healthcare provider about your local laws and policies.
Below is a chart of all the STDs we test for:
|Which STD is being tested?||What’s the test?|
|Cytomega lovirus||Blood test|
|Genital Warts||Physical exam — some warts can be seen by the naked eye during a pelvic exam. A special tool called a colposcope may be used to detect warts that are too small to be seen by the naked eye.|
|Hepatitis B||Blood test|
|High Risk HPV||Test of cell samples from the cervix|
|Pelvic Inflammatory Disease|
|Pubic Lice||May be self-diagnosed based on symptoms.|
|Scabies||Based on symptoms – test of a cell sample, or biopsy if necessary|
|Trichomoniasis||Test discharge from the vagina or urethra|
Patients at AFC Urgent Care Cherry Creek can expect to receive the best possible local STD testing services whenever they need to keep up with sexual health updates. Our clinics strive to create an efficient and comprehensive medical experience that helps get your STD tests completed in a reasonable time frame with excellent service:
Any of our four AFC Urgent Care Cherry Creek clinics are:
That depends on what we’re ultimately testing for. Some tests include swabs of the genitals or mouth, while others require urine or blood tests.
There are many different STDs, so the risks will depend on the disease. Cancer, infertility, transmission to sexual partners, and harm to unborn babies are a few risks of leaving STDs untreated.
We’re able to test for some of the most common STDs including gonorrhea, genital warts and herpes, chlamydia, HPV, and more. Call your local clinic for a full rundown of the testing they can provide.