Let’s Talk About STD’s: Get Tested and Prevent Getting an STD or STI

April 1, 2022

Couple in bed talking about STDs, getting tested and how to prevent getting one

Let’s talk about sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) and STI’s (sexually transmitted infections). They’re sometimes undetectable, painful, and if left untreated could possibly lead to some larger health complications in the long term. In other words, they’re the last thing you want on your plate. But, the important thing is to continue the talk about them this STD Awareness Month- knowledge is power!.... so that you can prevent getting one, spreading one and can start treatment if you do have one.

Some of us dislike getting tested while others are spreading them unknowingly like wildfire. With COVID-19 waning and spring weather bringing us out of hibernation, statistically, our risks for contracting an STD is going to go up in the next couple months. If there is anything to reflect on from the past two years it is that sexual activity rises in the warmer months, especially between ages 15-24. This age group makes up for good portion of sexually transmitted diseases in the United States. 

*NOT SO FUN FACT:

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.


 

AFC Urgent Care New Britain is here to help offer quick, convenient, and confidential STD and STI testing. Here’s what you should know about STD/STI testing and how to prevent getting one.

 

Quick Facts About STD’s and STI’s

 

 

How Often Should You Get Tested For STD’s?

This is the million dollar question. How often is enough? Once, or twice a year? The answer really depends on the individual. If you’re sexually active you should get tested at least once a year. If you’re sexually active with more than one partner, then this warrants more testing throughout the year. Even people having protected sex should be getting tested because contraception is not always 100% effective against all STDs.

Can I Go To AFC Urgent Care New Britain For STD Testing?

STD testing is a delicate topic. We get it. But don’t put it off because you can’t get an appointment with your primary care doctor or are hesitant to come in. STD awareness month is about removing the stigma related to fear and discrimination about getting tested. That’s why AFC Urgent Care New Britain makes it easy and convenient for you to get confidential  STD testing because of these reasons: 

  • Our locations have in-house labs, so you’re able to get your results faster and are often less expensive than other clinics.

  • You don't need to wait for an appointment, which is extremely important when it comes to STD’s. Just walk in whenever you're ready, so you don't need to put off your testing any longer.

  • Our providers can write prescriptions, so if any medications are needed, you can pick them up where you choose discreetly and conveniently.

  • Lastly, our providers are compassionate, friendly and easy to talk to. If you have any questions or concerns about STDs our providers can help answer them.

Summer flings are right around the corner. Walk-in any day of the week for CONFIDENTIAL STD screening and testing or make an appointment here

We’ll help give you the peace of mind you deserve.

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