Who should be tested for STDs and how often?

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Who should be tested for STDs and how often?
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The only way to completely avoid STDs is to avoid sex and skin-to-skin contact.

Sex is one of life's most pleasurable experiences, yet any form of skin-to-skin contact with another person increases your risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

Although STDs continue to carry a stigma, they are widespread: The American Association for Sexual Health estimates that one in two people will contract an STD before age 25.

Although young women and men are most vulnerable, STDs are increasingly affecting those over 50.

Our caring and compassionate UrgentWay team in New York knows you can't feel comfortable talking about STDs. That's why we recommend getting tested for STDs at least once a year as part of your women's wellness survey.

Who should be tested?

As long as you are sexually active, get tested for STDs at least once a year. If you have more than one partner, share an intravenous (IV) needle, or don't practice safe sex by using a condom every time you have sex, you should get tested every three to six months. Most STDs are treatable and curable if caught early. They can be considered incurable; you know you have them.

We also do blood tests for gonorrhea and syphilis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you get tested for HIV at least once if you're between the ages of 13 and 64, even if you're not at high risk. We can also check:

  • Hepatitis
  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • HPV (if your cream is abnormal)
  • Herpes
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
  • Trichomoniasis

If you have symptoms such as vaginal discharge, itching, or blisters, we may also recommend other tests.

When should I get tested?

If you have had unprotected sex, you need to wait a few weeks before being tested. Some viruses, such as HIV, do not appear immediately. It is best to contact our health team to try and arrange it now, so as not to delay treatment if necessary.

If you have symptoms that you think may be an STI or other type of infection, call our clinic right away (877 276 9006).

Symptoms of STDs.

If you have any unusual or uncomfortable symptoms between well-woman exams, you should come to an UrgentWay Walk-In Medical Center for an STD test. Symptoms of STDs include:

  • Foul-smelling vagina or discharge
  • Abnormal-looking vaginal discharge
  • Itching around your vulva, vagina, or anus
  • Blisters, bumps, or other lesions around your vulva or anus
  • Abnormal bleeding between periods
  • Dark urine
  • Painful urination or bowel movements
  • Painful sex

If you have an STD, they may prescribe antibiotics or other treatments. If you have a viral infection, such as herpes, you may be given antivirals to reduce the reaction.

To get an urgent STD test, visit our clinic today by phone or using the online contact form.