STD Testing in Kent, WA
Helping Keep You Safe from Sexually-Transmitted Diseases
Many sexually-transmitted diseases, commonly called STDs or STIs, do not display symptoms until after they have already done serious damage to the body. The good news, though, is most STDs are curable, and all are treatable. Although most people are aware that STDs are harmful, many go untested and therefore, untreated.
While sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) affect individuals of all ages, STDs take a particularly heavy toll on young people. The CDC (Center of Disease Control) estimates that youth ages 15-24 make up just over one quarter of the sexually active population, but account for half of the 20 million new sexually transmitted infections that occur in the United States each year.
Don’t put off STD testing and simply hope for the best. AFC Urgent Care Southcenter offers the convenience of walk-in STD testing and our staff is totally discreet and protects your privacy, so the choice to come in for a quick test is easy. If you are a resident or visitor to any of the communities we serve, including Kent, Tukwila, Seattle, SeaTac, Auburn, Burien or Renton, we provide convenient and confidential STD testing services to ensure your peace of mind and health.
Our STD tests check for the following common sexually-transmitted infections:
Most people who have chlamydia don’t know if since the disease often has no symptoms, but left untreated it can lead to serious reproductive and general health problems.
A simple swab or urine test will put your mind at ease, and Chlamydia is easily treated and cured with antibiotics.
Anyone who is sexually active can get gonorrhea, which is a bacterial infection that is easily treated and curable with antibiotics. Left untreated, however, gonorrhea can lead to serious health problems from infertility to cystitis and Disseminated Gonococcal Infection (DGI) – and increase your risk of getting other STDs, like HIV.
Syphilis is a bacterial infection that requires medical treatment. The infection has multiple stages and may begin as a painless sore.
Additional symptoms as the stages progress may include rash, fever, swollen lymph glands, sore throat, headaches, and more. Treatment is available.
- Herpes (HSV1 and HSV2)
Genital herpes is caused by a virus that enters through the skin. Most people with genital herpes do not know they have it. Symptoms may range from none at all, to open, raw blisters and sores. A simple swab test will determine if you have the virus. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Herpes, but symptoms can be lessened and prevented with treatment. Treatment can also reduce the risk of passing the virus on to someone else.
The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the infection that causes AIDS. Often there are no symptoms for 10 years or more. There is no cure for HIV/AIDS, but treatment is available, with more advances available each year.
Early detection and education are key to managing the disease.
- Hepatitis C
About 3.4 million people are living with Hep C in the United States. Hep C is a disease caused by a virus that infects the liver. A Hep C infection can lead to inflammation of the liver and cause the immune system to attack healthy liver cells. Hepatitis C can be a silent disease, meaning that people can have it but not have noticeable symptoms—approximately 70%–80% of people with acute hepatitis C do not have any symptoms. Some people, however, can have mild to severe symptoms soon after being infected. As many people have no symptoms, they may not know that they have hepatitis C, and therefore don’t seek treatment. Symptoms of hepatitis C may include:
- Fatigue (feeling tired even if you’ve had a normal amount of rest and activity)
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea (upset stomach)
- Abdominal pain (pain in the gut)
- Dark urine
- Clay-colored stools
- Joint pain
- Jaundice (yellow color in the eyes or skin)
Hepatitis C is caused by a virus that spreads when blood from a person infected with the hepatitis C virus comes into contact with the blood of someone who is not infected. It does not spread through food or water, or by sitting on toilet seats. Hep C cannot be transmitted by sharing knives, forks, or spoons; breastfeeding; hugging, kissing, or holding hands; or coughing or sneezing. Several different blood tests are used to test for hepatitis C. Our medical provider may order one or a combination of these tests.
- Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B is a viral infection that attacks the liver and can cause both acute and chronic disease. The virus is transmitted through contact with the blood or other body fluids of an infected person.
It is also spread by exposure to infected blood and various body fluids, as well as through saliva, menstrual, vaginal, and seminal fluids and sexual transmission. Chronic hepatitis B infection can be treated with medicines. Our medical provider will review which tests are most appropriate for you. Depending on the test or tests you have, collection of blood, urine, or tissue samples may be necessary.
AFC Urgent Care Southcenter’s quality and reliable STD tests have served many of our local communities, including Tukwila, Renton, SeaTac, Auburn, Burien, and Seattle.
Come to AFC Urgent Care Southcenter for complete and confidential STD testing. Open 7 days a week. No appointment needed.