Prioritizing Health in New Relationships: The Importance of STD/STI Testing

April 2, 2024

STD/STI testing to ensure health in their new relationship.


Sex can be passionate and exhilarating, but it's crucial to recognize its potential risks. STDs and STIs are alarmingly common and can lead to discomfort and long-term health issues if left untreated.

At AFC Urgent Care Southington, we're committed to your well-being, which is why we've developed a comprehensive guide on STDs and STIs, including prevention strategies and steps to take if you suspect an infection. Your health matters, and while undergoing an STD/STI test may feel daunting, it's far preferable to risking your well-being or spreading infections to others.

Updated Facts and Statistics on STDs and STIs:

According to the latest CDC data on STDs and STIs from the most recent surveillance report :

  • Chlamydia: 1.7 million cases (up 5% from 2022)
  • Gonorrhea: 700,000 cases (up 3% from 2022)
  • Syphilis: 140,000 cases (up 4% from 2022)
  • Congenital Syphilis: 2,300 cases (up 7% from 2022)

It's essential to remember that many individuals may carry an STD or STI without displaying symptoms, underscoring the importance of prevention. Here are some effective prevention methods:

  • Mutual Monogamy: Commit to sexual activity with only one mutually faithful partner.
  • Condom Use: Consistently and correctly using latex or non-latex condoms significantly reduces the risk of transmission.
  • Avoid Sharing: Refrain from sharing sex toys, drinks, or objects with individuals who have an STD/STI.

When to Get Tested:

Testing frequency depends on sexual activity and partner count. Recommended testing intervals include:

  • Annual HIV testing for all adults and adolescents aged 13-64.
  • Annual gonorrhea and chlamydia testing for sexually active women under 25, and those over 25 with risk factors.
  • Pregnancy testing for syphilis, HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.
  • Frequent testing for sexually active LGBTQ individuals.

AFC Urgent Care Southington Offers Confidential STD & STI Testing:

AFC Urgent Care Southington is committed to providing comprehensive sexual health services and resources to empower you with knowledge and protection. Take control of your sexual health today for a brighter tomorrow.

Our facility welcomes walk-ins every day of the week, and if you prefer the convenience of scheduling an appointment through your phone, you can do so here. AFC Urgent Care Southington accepts most insurance plans, and our online payment system simplifies the check-in and check-out process. We are dedicated to serving you.

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