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STD Testing in Arlington & Surrounding Areas
The simple fact of the matter is: if you are sexually active, you should be getting routinely tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Though it might seem taboo to some, these infections and diseases are common complications, and getting yourself checked should be a natural part of assessing your health.
Did you know that one in every two sexually active persons will contract some form of an STI by the time they are 25 years old? These statistics aren’t meant to be scary; they are meant to show that sexually transmitted infections and diseases are more common than most individuals think, which makes getting tested that much more important.
If you need convenient and confidential STD testing services near Arlington, visit Urgent Care Center of Arlington today. Walk in, call 571-395-9912 for more information, or contact us online.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases: The Basics
Given the stigma that surrounds sexually transmitted diseases and infections, it’s understandable that many sexually active people don’t know much about them. Here are some answers to basic STD and STI related questions.
What’s the Difference Between an STD and an STI?
Sexually transmitted infections, or STIs, refer to the actual contraction of viral or bacterial infection through sexual contact. Just because you have an STI, doesn’t mean you will experience symptoms of a disease. A person who has contracted an STI may never know they’ve even contracted the infection.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) occur when the infections lead to disease. Patients with STDs have shown symptoms and have moved past the infection stage. STD is also used by many as a blanket term when referring to all ailments derived from sexual contact.
So, a sexually active person could contract an STI, which could then turn into a full-fledged STD. However, some STIs are curable, and most are treatable, so symptoms associated with the STD could be minor or never even appear.
I Use Protection; Do I Need to be Tested for STDs?
Male and female condoms are a great way to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. That being said, any sexually active person should get tested for STDs.
While these contraceptives work well to help people avoid contracting sexually transmitted infections, there is always still a chance for transmission, no matter how safe you are.
When Should I Get Tested for STDs?
As stated before, if you’re sexually active, it would be in your best benefit to get routinely tested for STDs. It varies for each individual’s situation, but by being tested at least once a year, you can help ensure you avoid missing any sexually transmitted infection and start treatment as early as possible.
Certain instances may necessitate additional testing outside of an annual STD screening. These include:
- You are engaging in unprotected sex with a new partner
- You are engaging in unprotected sex for the first time with an older partner
- You are engaging in sex with multiple partners at once
- You are a man engaging in sex with a man (recent studies have shown an increase in STDs and STIs in gay and bisexual men)
- You have become pregnant
Which STDs Do You Test For?
At our urgent care center in Arlington, we offer comprehensive STD testing for a variety of infections and diseases. These include:
- Genital human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Genital herpes
These tests are conducted in different ways, from swabbing infected areas to taking samples of bodily fluids. You can discuss which tests may be appropriate with your healthcare provider, depending on your circumstances.
If you recently engaged in unprotected sex or wish to be tested for your peace of mind, visit Urgent Care Center of Arlington anytime during our business hours. Or call our walk-in clinic at 571-395-9912 with any questions.
What Are the Benefits of STD Testing at an Urgent Care?
Having your STD screening and testing done at our urgent care facility offers many benefits. For example, we offer comprehensive STD screenings and tests at any time, no appointment needed. At Urgent Care Center of Arlington, you’re able to get medical attention on your schedule.
Our STD testing procedure is also completely confidential, meaning no one knows your results aside from our medical professionals and you. Our urgent care offers patients a discreet way to make the best decisions for their health, without fear of being judged.
Is This a Life-Threatening Emergency?
Certain conditions are not appropriate for urgent care. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Life-threatening situations
- Serious and sudden medical conditions
If you or a loved one is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1 or find safe transportation to the emergency room near you.
Choose Urgent Care Center of Arlington for STD Testing
Urgent Care Center of Arlington combines the medical knowledge of a hospital with the convenience of a walk-in clinic. Our easy to access location and neighborly demeanor are just some of the ways we make medical visits easier for our patients. In addition to this, we also accept most major insurances, so our patients can focus on their health, and not on their bill.
For more information about our urgent care facility, call 571-395-9912 or contact us online. Remember, no appointment is needed, so you can also walk into our facility at any time!
Urgent Care of Arlington
2439 N Harrison St
Arlington, VA 22207
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