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Discreet STD Testing

Did you know that adults are supposed to get tested for STDs every year, or even more often depending on their sexual activity? You may think it’s easier to ignore your sexual health, due to the stigmas around it, but maintaining your sexual health is vital to your overall health as well.

At Local MD Urgent Care, we understand your hesitation surrounding STD testing and have worked to make these visits as discreet, judgement-free, and stress-free as possible! We are fully equipped to handle testing for many STDs, including HIV, chlamydia, herpes, hepatitis, syphilis, and other venereal diseases (VD).

What’s the difference between STDs and STIs?

The first difference between STDs and STIs is in the name. STD stands for sexually transmitted disease, whereas STI means sexually transmitted infection. Essentially, the difference is between a disease and an infection.

Not all diseases begin with infections, but many do. Sexually transmitted disease first begin as sexually transmitted infections. Infection occurs with the sexually transmitted bacteria or virus first enters the body and begins multiplying.

Once the sexually transmitted bacteria or viruses have entered the body, the infection may progress into a disease. Disease occurs when this foreign presence officially disrupts the body’s normal functions and processes.

How do I know if I have a STD?

There is no way to know for sure without being tested. Many STDs don’t have obvious symptoms. Being sexually active can include vaginal intercourse, anal and/or oral sex. When doctors or nurses ask this question, they are really asking if you've done anything since your last check up that might have exposed you to an STD or pregnancy. STD tests should be part of your regular check-up. But, if you have any concerns at all that you may have been exposed to an STD, see a doctor and ask to be tested.

What are the symptoms of STDs?

Many STDs may have no symptoms at all or the signs are so mild that you may not notice, which is why getting tested at least once a year is a great idea. However, if you have any of the symptoms described below, you should seek care right away because they may be signs that you have an STD.

  • None

  • Discharge or unusual fluid that may be white or yellow that comes out of the vagina or penis (not semen).

  • An unexplained rash

  • A burning sensation when urinating (peeing), going to the bathroom.

  • Bumps, sores, blisters, or warts on the genital area - in women this includes the outer and inner lips, vagina and clitoris. In men this includes the penis and testicles.

Should I get tested for a STD?

Anyone who has had vaginal, anal or oral sex with a new partner should be tested. Everyone who is sexually active should be tested during regular check-ups. Pregnant women should also be tested.

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