Many sexually transmitted diseases and infections can exist within your body for some time without displaying outward symptoms or signs that something is wrong. However, within your body, an STD can cause major issues with both your sexual and overall health. In order to make sure you are fully aware of each aspect of your health, undergoing periodic testing is critical to learn your STD status and get the proper care you need. Many people may put off testing due to stigma around sexually transmitted diseases, but many STDs can be easily and quickly treated if detected early. However, the only way to know that you have an STD is by getting tested.
When should I undergo STD testing?
Sexually transmitted diseases and infections are spread through contact with bodily fluids or through sexual contact, including vaginal, anal and oral sex. If you are sexually active, you should be tested every six to twelve months, even if you are in a monogamous relationship. Other reasons you should get tested include:
- You are starting a relationship with a new partner
- You or your partner have sex with multiple partners
- Your partner has cheated on you
- You or your partner have experimented with intravenous drugs
If you are considered a high-risk patient or have been exposed to an STD, consult with your doctor about more frequent testing.
STDs & STIs Detectable in a Test
At AFC Urgent Care Louisville, our team can test for a wide range of infections during a blood or urine test processed in our on-site laboratory in single tests or a full work-up. Some of the STDs detectable in a blood or urine test include:
- Hepatitis B and C
Discreet STD Testing in Louisville, Boulder & Superior, CO
If you are interested in learning your status or have been exposed to an STD, visit AFC Urgent Care Louisville for walk-in STD testing. With every sample processed in our on-site lab, we will be able to provide you with results within a couple of days rather than waiting for a week or two for samples to be shipped off and tested at an off-site facility. Most major insurance plans are accepted. For questions, please call 720-358-2861.