Being sexually active puts individuals at risk for becoming infected with a sexually transmitted disease (STD). In most cases, young people and gay and bisexual men face the greatest risk of getting infected. In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data showing that almost 20 million cases of STDs were reported in the United States alone.
One of the biggest concerns with those facing an STD is the price tag of treatment. According to the report from the CDC, the U.S. healthcare system budgets for an estimated $16 billion. Even with the rise of individuals becoming infected with an STD, local and state STD programs are cutting their budgets for STD treatment.
Many don’t get tested for STD because regular visits to the doctor don’t occur, they might be embarrassed at the possibility of having an STD, or they are not experiencing symptoms of a specific disease so they don’t know they should be tested.
Being infected with an STD is not immediately noticeable, but can be treated early on with regular testing. An STD left untreated can cause many medical conditions such as pelvic pain, blindness, or the risk of more severe STDS such as HIV and herpes. Getting an STD also causes issues when it comes to reproduction, such as an inability to have children, stillbirths, or birth deformations.
One of the biggest steps in STD prevention is offering more access to screenings and treatment. While many cases go undiagnosed and untreated, it’s important to put more emphasis on using protection, getting tested regularly, and seeking treatment if the test results are positive.
At AFC Urgent Care, we highly recommend individuals who are sexually active to have regular STD tests. Our experienced doctors will evaluate your situation and propose an appropriate, cost-efficient course of action. We offer testing for STDs such as gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, herpes, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and HPV. Our walk-in clinic offers discreet STD screenings, deliver quick results, and can give you treatment and advice on preventative measures. For more information about the services we provide, please call us at 203-845-9100.