Practicing Safer Sex: STD And STI 101 And How To Avoid Contracting One

April 1, 2024

In today's world, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and infections (STIs) pose prevalent health concerns that necessitate attention and proactive management. At AFC Urgent Care Natick, we recognize the significance of addressing these concerns and providing accessible testing services to our community.

To further aid in understanding the importance of STD and STI testing, AFC Urgent Care Natick has compiled a comprehensive guide along with strategies for prevention.

Recognizing the Risks

Each year, millions of individuals are diagnosed with STDs and STIs, highlighting the critical need for comprehensive prevention and testing efforts. Conditions such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and HIV/AIDS can result in serious health consequences if left untreated. It is imperative to recognize these risks and take proactive steps to protect oneself and others.

Understanding What STDs and STIs Are

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are conditions primarily transmitted through sexual activity, including vaginal, anal, and oral sex.

  • Bacterial Vaginosis (BV): BV is a common vaginal condition that is treatable but can heighten the risk of contracting an STD.
  • Chlamydia: This common but treatable STD, if left untreated, can lead to fertility issues, particularly in women.
  • Gonorrhea: Another prevalent STD, gonorrhea, can be effectively treated with medication. However, if left untreated, it can result in severe health complications.
  • Syphilis: Untreated syphilis can lead to significant health issues, but it is curable with the right treatment.
  • Herpes: Genital herpes, often asymptomatic, can be managed with medications to reduce outbreaks and transmission.
  • Hepatitis: Viral hepatitis is a leading cause of liver cancer and is the most common reason for liver transplants.

Importance of Getting Tested Regularly

Regular testing is crucial for the early detection and treatment of STDs and STIs. AFC Urgent Care Natick offers confidential testing services to ensure privacy and confidentiality throughout the process. Our experienced healthcare professionals provide compassionate care and support, guiding individuals through the testing process with sensitivity and understanding.

Prevention Strategies That Can Help You Avoid an STD or STI

Prevention plays a vital role in combating STDs and STIs.

  • Abstinence: Not engaging in sexual activity is the most reliable way to avoid infection.
  • Use of Condoms: Correct and consistent use of condoms greatly reduces the risk of STD transmission. Non-latex condoms are available for those with latex allergies.
  • Vaccination: Vaccines are safe, effective, and recommended for preventing hepatitis B and HPV.
  • Reduce Number of Sex Partners: Limiting the number of sexual partners can decrease the risk of STD transmission.
  • Mutual Monogamy: Being sexually active with only one partner who agrees to mutual exclusivity can reduce the risk of STDs.
  • Avoid Sharing: Refrain from sharing sex toys, drinks, and other objects to minimize the risk of transmission.

Confidential Testing Services For STDs and STIs at AFC Urgent Care Natick

AFC Urgent Care Natick is dedicated to providing comprehensive sexual health services and support to empower individuals with knowledge and protection. Take control of your sexual health today for a healthier tomorrow.

Our facility is open seven days a week, welcoming walk-ins. If you prefer scheduling an appointment via phone for added convenience, that option is also available. AFC Urgent Care Natick accepts most insurance plans, and our streamlined online payment system ensures a hassle-free check-in and check-out process. We are committed to serving you.


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