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Urgent Care Centers and the Importance of STD Testing

March 7, 2017
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Urgent care centers are excellent for patients seeking immediate medical attention. Roughly 3 million patients visit urgent care centers each week in the United States. There are all kinds of reasons why someone might visit an urgent care facility, but one in particular can be a little complicated: STD testing.

Getting an STD test isn’t something most people would openly announce to the world, which is why it’s important for medical facilities to respect the privacy of all its patients. Despite the sensitivity involved with discussing with a medical professional about sexually transmitted diseases, testing for these diseases are an absolute must.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 20 million people contract new sexually transmitted infection (STIs) in the United States. These infections, if gone untested and untreated, can lead to serious STDs, and even more severe overall health problems.

If you are sexually active and aren’t being careful and getting the proper testing, your STD could potentially lead to major infertility problems, severe organ damage, blindness, and even cancer.

Knowing when to get tested isn’t just convenient knowledge to have, it’s a necessary part of being an adult. In addition to practicing safe sex, you have to do so much more to ensure you and your partner are being careful and preventing infections and diseases.

If you are about to begin a new relationship with someone, no matter what, you should always get tested. It’s important to get tested before in order to prevent any sexual activity from happening as well as getting tested immediately after the new relationship has begun.

In addition to testing before a new relationship, you and your partner should get tested if either of you has had multiple partners in the past or if either of you have any symptoms or signs that could suggest any issues.

To avoid complications and prevent serious health problems in general, the best way to stay healthy is to get tested, no matter what. You shouldn’t worry about getting treated or being tested because the problems will be much worse if you decline to get tested. If you want to learn more about STD testing and want to visit an urgent care center, contact AFC/Doctors Express today.