Sexual Health Awareness: Confidential Testing Options at Integrity Urgent Care

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When it comes to your sexual health, getting tested for STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) and STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) is crucial. Early detection and treatment are vital to prevent complications and reduce their transmission. Integrity Urgent Care offers rapid same-day STI/STD testing on a walk-in basis for all patients. We are open 7 days a week and have extended operating hours so that you can walk in at your convenience.

Read More: What Is STD Testing Like?

Types of STD Tests

STD tests check blood, urine, or other biological substances for infections and diseases. Depending on theSTD, symptoms can appear within days – or years later.

Here is a list of STDs and the approximate times for symptoms to develop:

  • Chlamydia – two to three weeks
  • Gonorrhea – four to seven days
  • Herpes – one week
  • HIV – two to six weeks
  • Hepatitis B and C – six months
  • Syphilis – two to three weeks
  • Trichomoniasis – after four weeks

The STD Testing Process

STIs and STDs are the generic terms for many different illnesses, so no single test can properly diagnose them. Your provider may recommend multiple tests based on your information and symptoms.

The methods used for these tests are similar to testing for other viruses, bacteria, or health issues. These methods may include a physical exam, along with:

  • Blood tests – Syphilis and HIV
  • Urine tests – Chlamydia and Gonorrhea
  • Swab tests – Herpes

Read More: First Aid Handbook: STDs

What to Expect at Your Sexual Health Appointment

If you’ve never had a sexual health appointment, you may feel apprehensive, embarrassed, or uncomfortable about it. But the tests are simple, painless procedures, so you have nothing to worry about.

At your appointment, your healthcare provider will discuss your medical history and sexual activity. Make sure to mention any noticeable symptoms of an STD. Your doctor may use multiple testing methods for an accurate diagnosis, including a physical exam, swabs, and blood and urine tests. Once your results are in, your provider will discuss your treatment options – most STIs are easily treatable.

Integrity Urgent Care offers  fast, walk-in STD testing in a safe, non-judgmental environment. STD testing is completely confidential. Whether you’re concerned about a potential exposure or are simply looking for peace of mind regarding your sexual health, routine STD testing is a simple yet vital process.

Facts About STDs

Sexually transmitted diseases are prevalent in the United States, and anyone sexually active is at risk. 50% of sexually active people will have contracted an STD by the age of 25. Statistics from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) show that approximately 20 million new STDs occur annually in the United States – with half of these cases occurring in young people between the ages of 15 and 24.

Symptoms of STDs in Women

Symptoms of common STDs in women may include pain or burning during urination, abnormal or bloody vaginal discharge, abdominal pain, spotting, itching, blisters, fever, swollen glands, warts, and open sores. Some STDs, like chlamydia and gonorrhea, cause no symptoms. If your sexual partner has been diagnosed with an STD, testing yourself is crucial to prevent complications such as infertility and certain types of cancer.

Symptoms of STDs in Men

Men with STDs may experience pain during urination, discharge from the urethra, inflammation of the testicles or prostate, sores, or fever. Untreated STDs put you at risk for organ failure, infertility, and even brain damage. If you have an STD, your sexual partners are at risk. The only way to protect them is to refrain from sexual activity until diagnosis and treatment are completed.

Visit Integrity Urgent Care for Walk-In Confidential Testing

Regular STI/STD testing is an essential part of responsible sexual behavior and proactive healthcare. Integrity Urgent Care, a member of the Xpress Wellness family, is a Texas-based urgent care clinic with 15 convenient locations. Our board-certified providers are discreet and professional – and prioritize patient confidentiality.

When you need fast, easy, and confidential STD testing, walk into an Integrity Urgent Care clinic near you or check in online.

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