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STDs are very common. They often do not cause any symptoms and many people have one and never know it. That's why it's a good idea to think about getting tested.
If you have symptoms of an STD, it's important to be tested. Some common symptoms of STDs include sores, discharge, itching, and burning during urination. But many infections often do not cause any symptoms. Many people have sexually transmitted infections and never know it. Some get or spread infections without ever having symptoms. Getting tested can put your mind at ease or get you (and your partner) needed treatment. It's also important to learn about ways you and your partner can protect yourselves in the future. AFC Urgent Care San Diego provides STD testing.
Some people assume they will be tested for STDs when they have their annual physical exam. This is not true, you will not automatically be tested for STDs. If you are seeing us for another medical reason, and are not sure if you need an STD test, just ask. Our providers can help you decide if you need any tests, and which one(s) you may need. It depends on which infection you may have. And some infections can be tested for in more than one way. Sometimes a diagnosis can be made based on your symptoms and/or a physical exam. Treatment could be prescribed right away. Other times, our providers may need to send a sample to a lab to be tested, in which case the results may not be available for several days.
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.