STD testing is a topic that’s very important, but there’s a stigma around it that leaves many people afraid to talk about it. STD testing is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, it’s something that shows you care about your body and your health! If you’re unsure how often to get STD testing or about the process in general, we want to help put your mind at ease.
Who Needs to Get STD Testing?
Anybody who’s sexually active should undergo STD testing at least once per year. Whether you’re engaging in intercourse or just oral sex, there’s always a risk of getting an STD. Some people will need to be tested more regularly than others depending on the type of sex life that they have.
When Should I Undergo STD Testing?
You should get tested for STDs any time there’s a risk that you’ve come into contact with an STD. Some good guidelines for this include:
- Each time you have a new sexual partner
- If you believe your partner has had other partners with or without telling you
- Before entering a serious relationship
- You have sex without a condom
- You have symptoms of an STD
For people who have multiple sexual partners, you should always use condoms and undergo STD testing at least once every 3 months. If you’re in a long-term relationship and have never been tested, you should get tested to ensure you and your partner aren’t carrying around an undiagnosed STD.
How Does STD Testing Work?
STD testing is performed using a swab test, blood work, or urine test depending on what you’re being tested for. Your doctor will discuss your sexual history to determine what type of testing is right for you. After you’ve been tested, you’ll be given the results and if needed, receive a treatment plan. Most STDs can be cured quickly and easily once they’ve been diagnosed. Going undiagnosed can lead to more severe health issues, fertility issues, and cause you to give the STD to other people without knowing.
Walk-In STD Testing in Springfield & West Springfield, MA
If you’re in need of STD testing, visit AFC Urgent Care in Springfield or West Springfield today. You can receive same-day testing with no appointment at a cost you can afford. Being open and honest about your sexual history and symptoms is the key to getting effective STD testing. With easily accessible locations in Springfield and West Springfield, our centers are open extended hours seven days a week and have on-site labs to provide faster results. For questions, please contact your desired center!