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Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are any disease or infection that can be passed from person to person through sexual intercourse. Bacterial infections such as gonorrhea and syphilis are treated with antibiotics and usually clear up within a week or two. Viral infections, such as herpes, HPV and hepatitis, cannot be treated with antibiotics. While some vaccines have been developed for certain viral infections and can help in their prevention if given before exposure to the virus, viral infections do not have a cure.
There are dedicated STD testing clinics that offer discreet services for their patients. Many urgent care facilities also offer STD testing in a confidential environment, like AFC Urgent Care. Come in today to have your discreet test results today!
Different STIs require different types of tests. Depending on what you’re being tested for you, you’ll receive a swab, a urine test, or a biopsy. In some circumstances, a physical examination or other sort of test could also be used.
Swabs are wont to test for chlamydia and gonorrhea, although you’ll also test for chlamydia and gonorrhea with a urine test. Swabs also can be used for herpes (if you’ve got a current outbreak of herpes sores) and also are wont to diagnose trichomoniasis. During a swab, your health care provider will use an extended Q-tip-like swab to require a small sample of fluid from either your vagina, throat, or anus, depending on which area of your body is likely to be affected by an STI. This is a fast process where the swab is run over the affected area — either the vagina, throat or anus — to gather the sample that is then sent to a lab for testing. You will not receive your results immediately. Swabs are typically conducted as a part of a Pap test.
Urine Tests are designed to test for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Your health care provider or clinician will provide you with a small plastic container, which you’ll take into the washroom to collect your urine sample. Afterwards, the urine sample is then sent to a lab for testing. You will not receive your results immediately.
Blood Tests are used to test for HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis B and C. They can even be used for herpes, although sometimes a swab is employed to diagnose herpes (if you’re currently experiencing an outbreak of sores). During a biopsy, a health care provider or clinician will use a small needle to take a small vial of blood from your arm. After the sample is collected, it is then sent to a lab for testing. You will not receive your results immediately. The only exception to the present is with Rapid Point-of-Care HIV testing, where a health care provider will prick your finger, take a small sample of blood, and provides you with your test results on the spot, usually in about 15 to 20 minutes. Not all clinics offer this sort of testing, so it’s best to call ahead and check.
Many clinics offer results within seven to ten days. At AFC Urgent Care, depending on the type of test, we can have results in a few minutes or a couple of days. For a more accurate estimate, when you come in for your appointment, ask the physician how long it will take to get your results.
If you or someone you know needs an STD test, come to AFC Urgent Care today! We offer confidential testing in a discreet facility, so you can feel confident in your results and privacy! To speak with one of our specialists, contact our office today. Visit us online or simply call us to book an appointment.
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.