STDs can happen to anyone through unprotected sex. In fact, they impact millions of Americans each year. The key to avoiding getting an STD is by getting tested and practicing safe sex. Many times, STDs won’t produce symptoms, so you may not even know you have one. If you have not gotten tested in a while, visit AFC Urgent Care Norwalk. We provide quick and easy STD testing for all patients.

STDs can be Asymptomatic

In many cases, STDs can show no symptoms. This means that the only way for a patient to know they have them is by getting tested. Even if you are not showing signs, you can still spread them to other partners. Having an STD such as herpes makes someone more likely to get chlamydia or gonorrhea. 

In some cases, however, a patient may show symptoms. Some common symptoms of STDs include a burning sensation while urinating, itching, or abnormal discharge. If you have experienced any of these symptoms, it is best to visit AFC Norwalk to get tested right away. 

Common STDs

Some STDs are more common than others, but that does not mean it’s impossible to get the others. The most common STDs are chlamydia, herpes, and HPV. Nearly 2 million people report having chlamydia each year. Additional STDs include:

  • Gonorrhea
  • Hepatitis B
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis
  • HIV

When visiting AFC Norwalk for an STD test, it’s important to ask to get tested for all STDs. In most cases, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and herpes are the three STDs to test for. However, it’s important to be screened for all. STDs are tested through urinalysis, blood work, and a pelvic sample. 

Treatment Options 

It’s important to receive treatment for all STDs as soon as possible. That is why getting tested regularly is so crucial. Some STDs can have devastating effects on the body. For example, untreated chlamydia can cause infertility, HIV can develop into AIDS, and syphilis can cause health complications in the brain or the heart.

STDs such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and trichomoniasis can all be treated with antibiotics. Be sure to take the antibiotics as prescribed in order to rid your body of the bacteria, and avoid sex for seven days after completing the prescription. Antiviral drugs are used to maintain STDs such as herpes or HIV. There is no cure for these, so they are lifelong. The only way to treat them is to maintain the symptoms.