STI Test is Negative but Still Have Symptoms? Here’s What To Do

January 9, 2023

If you have been experiencing symptoms that may be related to a sexually transmitted infection (STI), but your test comes back negative, you may be confused. It's important to remember that there are other potential causes for your symptoms. This blog will outline what you should do if you’re in this position. Although STI tests are generally accurate and reliable, false negatives can happen.

For same-day STI testing and treatment, visit the walk-in clinic at AFC Urgent Care Waltham. Our team of board-certified medical providers can examine your symptoms and provide discreet STI testing seven days a week – no appointment necessary.

Follow Up With Your Healthcare Provider

If you're still experiencing symptoms, it's important to follow up with your healthcare provider. They can help to determine the cause of your symptoms and provide appropriate treatment if necessary. In rare cases, tests can have false negatives which can be a possible reason why you're still showing symptoms. Additionally, make sure that you’ve been tested for all possible STIs.

Common infections you should consider getting tested for include:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis
  • Herpes
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C

Consider Other Potential Causes

There are many potential causes of symptoms similar to those of sexually transmitted infections. This includes yeast infections, urinary tract infections, and even allergies. It's important to consider these other possibilities and discuss them with your healthcare provider. At AFC Waltham, a provider can examine your condition and run lab tests to determine if there’s another condition present that may be contributing to your symptoms.

Get Testing for STIs Regularly

It's important to get tested for STIs regularly, especially if you are sexually active with multiple partners. Regular testing helps to catch any potential infections early and ensure that you receive timely treatment. If you recently tested negative for an infection but are still experiencing symptoms, consider getting tested again. STIs can be dangerous to your well-being if left undetected and untreated. When it comes to your sexual health, prioritize testing and visit an urgent care center at your convenience.

Visit AFC Urgent Care Waltham for STI Testing

At AFC Urgent Care Waltham, our team provides STI testing seven days a week in a confidential and caring environment. Whether your test comes back positive or negative, we have your best interests in mind and can help answer any questions or concerns. Visit the walk-in clinic any day of the week to receive testing– which is generally covered by most health insurances. For any additional questions on STI testing, call us directly at (781) 894-6900.

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