Everyone knows what STDs are and how easy they are to prevent. Yet, so many people find themselves avoiding getting tested and thus spreading STD’s to others. While you can make your own decisions about your health, it’s unfair to spread something to someone else unknowingly. Keeping ourselves healthy and doing our part to keep others healthy is a moral responsibility we all have as human beings. If you have been sexually active whether it’s orally, anally, or vaginally, you need to get regularly tested to ensure everything is okay. While many of the STD’s out there are treatable with pills and shots, there are a few that pose a larger risk to your health and can even put you at risk of getting other STD’s, making it that much more important to know what’s going on with your body at all times. But if you aren’t convinced, keep reading to learn the importance of regular STD testing.
Common Symptoms of STD’s
Many different symptoms could mean you have an STD; however, these symptoms could also be because of other sexual health issues such as yeast infections and UTI’s. Regardless, you should still get tested if you have any of the symptoms to rule out STDs. Keep in mind too that these symptoms could be located or felt orally, anally, and genitally.
- Some things to look out for are:
- Weird and unusual discharge
- Burning when you pee or having to pee frequently
- Itching, pain, irritation, and swelling
- Sores or bumps
- Flu-like symptoms such as fever, body aches, and feeling tired
If you have any of the above symptoms it is important to get tested. Even if you don’t have an STD it will be nice to have peace of mind that what you are dealing with is either temporary or a minor issue. If you’re certain that any of the above symptoms are because of a yeast infection or UTI you can get tested for that at the same time as your STD tests at Green Health Consulting LLC, located in Coral Springs, knocking out two birds with one stone. We commonly get asked if you should get tested even without symptoms and the answer is yes. If you have had a sexual partner recently and have not yet been tested then we recommend it. Even if you have an existing partner and feel confident that they are STD free, you should still get tested every few months to ensure that they are telling you the truth. The last thing you want to do is compromise your health. Trust us, it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry.
What Does the Testing Process Look Like?
When you come into our facility in Coral Springs you will be taken back to a room after answering a few questions and doing the standard blood pressure check. We then will ask you about your symptoms and your medical history to get an idea of what brings you in to your appointment. You then will be given a cup to urinate in and told where the nearest restroom is. Once you urinate there will be a place in the bathroom to securely leave the cup. Our staff will be sure to take it and get it tested for you. This test will look for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. If you choose to do the HIV and Syphilis test along with the urine test then you will then go and do that. This test draws some of your blood and is relatively quick. After finishing up with the blood test you will be free to go and given instructions by your doctor on whether to look out for a call or not. In less than a week you should have your results and know whether treatment is needed or not.
Contact Us Today
If you think you may have come into contact with an STD then we recommend scheduling an appointment to get tested as soon as possible. While most STD’s can easily be treated, you do not want to let the situation get worse. To learn more about STD’s and the testing process, give our office a call today at (954) 775-0325.