Even though sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, are not usually discussed between family and friends, they are actually relatively common. They affect about one in five people every year in America.

If you begin to experience any unpleasant symptoms, you may be concerned that you have an STD. It is important to be tested as soon as you can in order to prevent spreading it to a new partner or developing a more serious problem later in life.

Did you know that you can come to AFC Urgent Care Ballantyne to get tested for a variety of STDs?

How Do STDs Spread?

STDs are transferred from person to person during unprotected sexual encounters. Sometimes, STDs don’t immediately cause symptoms, so you could spread them around before you even begin to feel unwell. This is why it is important to get tested before entering into a new relationship or changing partners.

At AFC Urgent Care Ballantyne, we can test for and treat a wide variety of common STD infections. The quicker you come to see us when you suspect an STD, the quicker we can get you on your way to wellness! We can test for over 20 different varieties, but below are a few common ones.

STD Testing at AFC Urgent Care Ballantyne

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis

What Happens If I Don’t Treat an STD?

An untreated STD can cause serious health issues for you later in life, so you should never ignore any symptoms you are experiencing. Failure to treat an STD can lead to loss of fertility, difficult pregnancies or pelvic inflammatory disease. All of these serious issues can be avoided by being proactive about testing.

While we understand the sensitive nature of an STD diagnosis, it is important to know that this is a common occurrence—and we promise to treat your situation with respect and discretion. Our goal is to care for your overall health, and that includes your sexual health, too!

Steps to Prevent an STD

  • Get tested frequently.
  • Use a condom during sexual contact.
  • Always communicate diagnoses with partners.
  • Get vaccinated for hepatitis A, hepatitis B and HPV.

Are you concerned that you contracted an STD? Come get tested at AFC Urgent Care Ballantyne today.