• When Is It a Good Idea to Get Tested for STDs?

    on Jan 11th, 2019

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a topic that no one really wants to talk about, but the brutal reality is that STD rates are higher than ever in the United States and climbing every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2.3 million cases of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia were diagnosed around the country in 2017 — about 200,000 more than in the previous year.

The safe sex strategies of previous decades worked for a while, but more young people are now having sex without adequate protection and having riskier sex with more partners. If you’re sexually active, you need to be aware of the risks that STDs pose and effective methods of minimizing the risk of contracting them.

Here at Rose City Urgent Care, we provide fast, professional, and discreet STD testing services. We don’t judge you or your sexual history. If you’re worried about getting tested, don’t hesitate to sit down and talk to us.

Who should be tested for STDs and when?

Essentially, anyone who’s sexually active should be tested for STDs, especially if you engage in unprotected sex with multiple partners. Even people who haven’t had penetrative sex can become infected. The oral form of herpes, for example, can be transmitted through saliva and spread through oral sex.

Since anyone can contract an STD, and their prevalence is on the rise in our communities, here are some tips on when you should book an appointment with us to be tested at Rose City Urgent Care:

And, of course, common sexually transmitted diseases produce noticeable symptoms. If you’re suffering from any of the following, book an appointment with us for a checkup and testing:

Some STDs, such as HIV, present quite differently, causing flu-like symptoms, so it’s important to understand the importance of your sexual behavior, and not just symptoms, in deciding whether to be tested.

Stay safe and get tested

The rate of STD infection is on the rise around the country, but it doesn’t need to affect you. Use condoms, be careful in your sexual behavior, and get tested regularly, and you can minimize the risk of an STD. If you need to be tested, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Rose City Urgent Care. We’re professional, friendly, and discreet. Simply call or use our online booking portal.

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