There are many situations that may arise to bring forth the question: ‘Do I have an STI?’ The one night stand, the holiday fling, the ex who confesses to having cheated on you; any of these circumstances put you at risk for contracting an STI or STD. The problem is that even if you have contracted an STI, you may not realize it. The normal symptoms are not always present, and we may be simply a carrier for the infection. So why, if you have an STI do you need to know?
Why I need to know if I have an STI
An STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection), or STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) is something that 20-million Americans will experience in their lifetime. Yet common as it is, it is certainly not harmless. If you have contracted an STI, you may not experience any symptoms, but the risks are still there. You also have a strong possibility of passing on the infection unknowingly.
Some STI’s, including chlamydia and gonorrhea, can cause infertility. Infertility is a potential risk for men as well as women. The problem is that the issues that arise from the STI itself, is not the extent of the issues you have the potential of facing. If you have contracted HPV, it can lead to cervical cancer in women, and cancer of the penis in men. In the case of both sexes, HPV can develop into cancer of the anus.
What STI can I be tested for?
Many STD’s and STI’s can be treated if diagnosed early enough. If you are concerned that you may have an STI or want regular testing, there are many facilities that offer confidential testing including our AFC Urgent Care Walk-in Clinics. Below is a list of STI’s you can be tested for:
• Hepatitis C
Confidential STI Testing
Many healthcare professionals recommend those who are sexually active be tested regularly for STDs and STIs. Confidential STD testing can give you peace of mind and is quick and easy. Even if symptoms are not prominent, it is still highly recommended to be tested, as some sexually transmitted diseases may not show symptoms right away or at all. At AFC Urgent Care Vernon, testing is done in a private and secure exam room, with a provider who takes your privacy seriously.
We are open 7 days a week Monday-Friday 8am-8pm and Saturday-Sunday 8am-5pm, so walk in; no appointment necessary. We are staffed by licensed professionals, and we accept most insurances.