STDs and STI’s: What Are My Risks?

April 1, 2022

Couple talking about STDs and STIs and the risk factors of contracting one

News flash! If you are sexually active, your risk for contracting a sexually transmitted disease or infection (STD or STI) increases. STD rates continue to be a threat in the U.S and even during the pandemic we saw a decline and then a resurgence of cases in gonorrhea, syphilis and other STDs. The fastest growing age group? Seniors. 

“It would seem retirement homes might not be such dull places after all.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.”



In light of STD Awareness Month, we’re continuing to encourage everyone to get tested for a possible STD or STI. We understand that it can often feel embarrassing or confusing, but rest assured it’s the best way to know your status so you can take the next steps to treatment and avoid serious health threats and the embarrassment of spreading it to others along the way.


Afterall, most STDs don’t show symptoms right away and may lead to long term health complications if left untreated. AFC Urgent Care Malden is here to help educate you on STDs and STI’s below. 

What Happens If I Don’t Treat My STD Right Away?

STDs can affect both men and women, but in some cases the health problems they cause can be more severe for women. For example, If a pregnant woman contracts an STD, it can cause serious health complications for the baby. There is a chance that the newborn may develop it as well. Studies from the CDC reported 2100 newborns had syphilis in 2020. Some of these STDs/STIs may be seen at birth while others may not be discovered until months or years later after they are born.

As we said earlier, many STDs don’t always show symptoms right away. Sometimes they appear out of nowhere. If you ask us, we highly suggest getting routine STD testing regardless of your age. If you’re sexually active, it’s time to get tested. 


But, what happens if you are showing symptoms of an STD? What are the signs? We’ve listed some of the most common ones below.

The Most Common Symptoms Of STDs/STIs


When Should I Get Tested for STDs?

If you are sexually active, the CDC recommends getting STD-tested at least once a year.  But, this doesn’t mean you’re limited to just once a year. If you’re sexually active with more than one partner, share needles or don’t always practice safe sex with a condom, then we highly suggest getting routine testing more periodically throughout the year. 

STD and STI Testing Is Quick, Easy And Confidential At AFC Urgent Care Malden

If you can’t find a testing center  or your primary care provider is booked until next year, you can always visit our AFC Urgent Care center in Malden, MA. The benefits of choosing us as your go to center for STD testing are many:

  • There is no appointment needed when visiting our center. You can just walk-in and write down what you’re looking to get tested, confidentially

  • We are open 7 days a week with convenient hours from 8a-8p Monday through Friday. We also have weekend hours from 8a to 5p. This is ideal if you can’t get to your doctor's office after work since most other clinics close around 5p. You can easily walk-in to our center with no appointment needed.

  • STD tests can be performed by taking a blood, urine or tissue sample which is brought to our lab on-site. Results are turned around within a couple of days, unlike clinics that outsource lab testing to off-site facilities. 

  • All testing is CONFIDENTIAL and our providers are compassionate,  very knowledgeable about STDs and can answer any questions or concerns you may have

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