STD testing is simple, fast, and effective in helping protect your health and ensure you stay well. Even if you don’t think you have an STD, it’s important to get tested if you are at risk. Many times STDs go unnoticed. But with testing, you can get the proper treatment, if it’s needed, to continue living a healthy life.
What Is An STD?
STD stands for sexually transmitted disease. They are passed through sexual contact and are an infection that can cause damage to your health, and the health of your sexual partners. A virus, bacteria, or parasite causes an STD. Anyone who takes part in sexual activity is at risk of contracting an STD.
Sometimes an STD is passed from a mother to their child through pregnancy, birth, or breastfeeding. Other ways an STD can be spread is through needle sharing or an infected blood transfusion.
What Are The Signs And Symptoms?
STDs often do not produce manifestations or can sometimes be mistaken for another condition. This can be very dangerous because individuals who do not believe themselves to be contagious can spread a disease without knowing it.
If signs and symptoms do occur, they can vary based on the causative agent.
Some signs and symptoms may include:
- Sores or bumps on the genitals or in the oral or rectal area
- Painful or burning urination
- Discharge from the penis
- Unusual or odorous vaginal discharge
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
- Pain during sex
- Sore, swollen lymph nodes, particularly in the groin but sometimes more widespread
- Lower abdominal pain
- Rash over the trunk, hands, or feet
Is Testing Confidential?
Protecting your confidentiality is extremely important. We will not share any of your protected information, including your appointments, services, results, or treatment.
Can I Treat An STD At Home?
No, STDs cannot be treated with home remedies. Testing must take place so professionals can understand what is causing the infection. Then, the proper treatment, specific for treating the causative pathogen, can be given.
Get tested today. You deserve to live healthy and well for years to come.