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3 Reasons Why You Should Undergo STD Testing

Part of your health routine, in addition to a healthy diet and regular visits with a doctor for checkups and physicals, should include testing for sexually transmitted diseases. Testing is the only way to know if you have most STDs and will help you get the treatment you need early. STD testing is recommended for anyone who is sexually active, even if they have not had sex in some time. There are many reasons why you should get tested for your health and safety.

Testing can be done quickly

Testing for most sexually transmitted diseases can be done quickly by taking a sample from your cheek, blood or urine and having it processed and analyzed in a lab, which AFC Urgent Care South Plainfield has on-site. Because everything is done at our center, we can provide results to patients quicker than clinics that use off-site laboratories and begin treatment.

Testing can be the only way to tell if you have an STD

Most sexually transmitted diseases do not have physical symptoms, allowing them to be in your body for some time without you even noticing that something is wrong. The lack of symptoms can allow an easily treatable STD or STI to progress into a more serious health condition including certain cancers and even infertility. Regular testing is the only way to know if an STD is present in your system. You should be tested under three circumstances:

  • You are switching partners
  • You have multiple partners
  • It has been one year since your last STD test

If you or your partner(s) are considered high-risk, you should undergo testing more frequently. Consult with your doctor to determine how often you should undergo testing as well as the best forms of protection and prevention for you. Periodic testing will help keep both yourself and your partner safe and healthy.

Most STDs can be treated

One of the most common reasons why people put off getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases and infections is the fear of how the results can change their life. However, most STDs and STIs can be quickly and easily treated with medication and monitoring. If a more serious infection is diagnosed, we will be able to refer you to a specialist who can determine the best medication to manage your symptoms, allowing you to continue living your usual life.

Discreet STD Testing & Treatment in South Plainfield & Edison, NJ

If you are interested in undergoing STD testing and learning your status, visit AFC Urgent Care South Plainfield today! We perform testing seven days a week and walk-in patients are always welcome. Most major insurance carriers are accepted. For questions about STD testing, please call 908-222-3500.