The idea of having a sexually transmitted disease (STD) can be scary, but most people continue leading productive, active lives after receiving their diagnosis. STD testing detects sexually transmitted diseases in their early stages, when treatments have the best chance of success. If your STD screening is positive, your caring, compassionate provider at Neu Urgent Care discusses all of your options with you so you feel empowered to make informed choices about your condition. To schedule a confidential, same-day appointment for STD testing, call the office in Hazel Park, Michigan, today, or make an appointment online.
A sexually transmitted disease (STD) is an infection that is passed primarily through sexual activity. Some STDs are passed by sharing IV needles when using illegal drugs. A mother can also give certain STDs to her baby during pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding, but this form of transmission is rare.
A variety of symptoms might indicate an STD. However, they don’t always have symptoms. Some common symptoms of STDs include:
You may experience the symptoms of an STD soon after you’re exposed to the infection, but some STDs don’t show signs for months, or even years.
STD testing is typically performed using a blood or urine sample. The most common STD screenings performed at Neu Urgent Care include:
If your test is positive for any of these conditions, remember that most STDs can be successfully treated or managed, especially when detected in the early stages.
If you’re sexually active, you should have STD screenings regularly as a part of your preventive care. If you’ve had unprotected sex, think you were exposed to an STD, shared IV needles, or have symptoms of an STD, make an appointment for STD testing.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published detailed guidelines for STD screenings based on gender, age, and other risk factors. It’s a good idea to discuss these recommendations with your medical provider to ensure you’re screened appropriately.
Treatment depends on the type of disease and the severity of your condition. Most treatments involve either oral medication, such as antibiotics or antivirals, or topical medication. Some STDs aren’t curable, but treatment and lifestyle changes help you control the disease so it doesn’t cause health complications.
To schedule confidential STD testing, call Neu Urgent Care today or make an appointment online.