Feeling sick or uncomfortable is always frustrating, but especially if you are starting to have symptoms of an STD. Sexually transmitted diseases are one of the most common illnesses across the country, affecting one in every five people in a given year.
STDs can be passed from person to person quickly because some of them don’t cause symptoms. If you are sexually active, getting tested for STDs is something that you should be doing regularly, especially if you are changing partners.
Read on as our AFC Urgent Care Sevierville team explains why getting tested is important and how we can help you feel better.
Are STD Symptoms Obvious?
Unfortunately, STDs are not always going to produce symptoms that immediately prompt you to investigate further. Common aches, pains and the occasional discomfort can happen from time to time, and you may not think much of it. If you ever experience burning during urination, abnormal discharge, and pain during or after intercourse, those are telltale signs that something is amiss.
Remember, you could even have no symptoms at all and still be experiencing an STD. That is why getting tested often is crucial! You are not only protecting your long-term health, but also the health of your partner. We can run a variety of tests that can give you results in as little as 30 minutes in some cases.
Common STD Tests at AFC Sevierville
Will an STD Resolve By Itself?
While some STDs may fade away on their own, we don’t want you to take that chance. The longer you wait to be tested and treated, the greater the chance that the STD will cause long-term issues for you later in life. Undiagnosed STDs are known to cause infertility issues, pregnancy complications and pelvic inflammatory disease.
You don’t deserve any of that, so just swing by for a test and we will take care of you! If the thought of being seen for an STD makes you anxious, just remember that you are not the first patient to come to us about this, and you certainly won’t be the last. We will take care of you with kindness and respect so you can start feeling better in no time at all.
Preventing Future STDs
- Test frequently/before a new relationship.
- Communicate needs with your partner.
- Always wear a condom.
- Get vaccinated for hepatitis A, hepatitis B and HPV.
Are you concerned that you contracted an STD? Come get tested at AFC Sevierville today.