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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) say you should get tested for sexually transmitted diseases and sexually transmitted infections if you are sexually active. To protect your health and your partner's health, you can get tested for STDs and STIs at AFC Urgent Care Havertown. You can expect complete confidential, quick, and accurate testing at our walk-in urgent care center. If you test positive, we can provide you with medical care and treatment in most cases.
Our walk-in clinic in Havertown can treat you for a variety of STDs and STIs in most cases. The common sexually transmitted diseases we treat at AFC Urgent Care Havertown include:
Note: We do not provide treatment for HIV at our center. We can only test for it. Primary care physicians are better equipped for the long-term management of this infection and can provide more treatment information.
Sexually transmitted diseases caused by bacteria, if caught early, are effectively treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics, however, are ineffective against STDs and STIs caused by a virus. Viral infections are challenging to treat and can not always be cured. Instead, using antiviral drugs is suggested to manage to prevent more severe symptoms. Pregnant women with risk factors for an STI or STD should be tested immediately. If an infection exists, treatment should also begin immediately to protect a fetus from possible infection.
Both antibiotics and antiviral drugs are available at AFC Urgent Care Havertown. These two types of treatments are the most effective treatments.
Antibiotics treat STDs that are the result of a parasite or bacteria. They are very effective in treating these infections, and medication can be given in a single dose or over several days. Gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, chlamydia, and syphilis can be treated using antibiotics. If you have multiple STDs, which is not uncommon, they can all be treated simultaneously. As with antibiotics for other infections, you should take the entire regimen regardless if you are starting to feel better or if symptoms vanish. Let our staff know during registration if any drug allergies exist so we can avoid prescribing something that may cause an allergic reaction.
Viral STIs and STDS, such as herpes or HIV, will not respond to antibiotics. Antiviral drugs are instead prescribed to help cure or manage an infection. When curing an infection is not possible, this treatment will help lower the risk of transmission, reduce outbreaks, and generally manage symptoms. Remember, even on antiviral drugs, you could infect your partner. Treatments using antiviral drugs are more effective the sooner they begin. If treatment starts early enough, it can keep your infection in check and allow you to manage it more comfortably.
Both treatments are available at our walk-in treatment center in Havertown. We are here to help treat your STD or STI, and can order additional medications if needed.
Avoid sexual activity for at least seven days after finishing an antibiotic treatment. While your symptoms may have abated, completing your treatment and waiting a week will help prevent your infection from returning and possibly infecting your partner. If any visible sores are still present, wait until they heal completely. After three months, retest for your STI or STD, as studies show you have a higher chance of reinfection during this time. These guidelines will help protect your sexual health and your partner's health.
If you receive treatment for your STD or STI at our urgent care facility, you can expect complete confidentiality. During your treatment, you should contact past or current sexual partners within the last year to protect their health. It may be challenging to determine who infected who, but they should certainly be tested and begin treatment if need be. The sooner they start treatment, the easier it will be for them to stay healthy or manage an infection.
Local health departments may be able to help you if you have difficulty contacting past sexual partners. They may be able to assist you with the notification process. Undiagnosed STDs are a health concern for the entire community and must be aggressively treated.
Our physicians and staff know it can be very stressful to get tested for an STD, and some may want to skip it and go right to their treatment. While understandable, our doctors can not prescribe a procedure without a positive test result. These medications must only be used if an infection is actually present. When confidential lab testing confirms it, a treatment plan can be developed. Avoid putting off STD testing because you fear the results. Delays can result in severe medical conditions, chronic symptoms, or even death. Seeking testing and treatment for possible STDs protects your health and your community.
You can expect a judgment-free environment at AFC Urgent Care Havertown. Our only concern is helping you feel better and getting you healthy again. We will work together with you and your partner so you can both be as healthy as possible.
AFC Urgent Care Havertown is available seven days a week to provide the health care you need for your STD or STI. We can help educate you and provide you with STD Treatments. Call today at (484) 452-9400.
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.