Every time you have unprotected sex, you run the risk of catching an STD (sexually transmitted disease). According to the American Sexual Health Association, more than half of all people will have an STD or STI at some point in their lifetime. However, only one-third of people actually get tested.
If you have unprotected sex, it is important to get an STD test as soon as possible to minimize the risk of spreading it to others.
If you have had unprotected sex, watch out for the following symptoms—it could mean you have a sexually transmitted disease. However, remember not every infection will show symptoms. You could have an infection and not even know it!
- Bumps, sores, or warts near the mouth, anus, penis, or vagina
- Swelling or redness
- Rash near genital areas
- Pain during urination
- Weight loss
- Severe itching near genitals
- Pain during sex
- Odorous discharge
- Bleeding genitals
If you notice these symptoms but are unsure if it is an STD, talk to your doctor. If you do have an STD, you can lessen symptoms, make it less likely you still spread it to others—and in many cases, it will cure the disease.
Many STDs are treatable with an antibiotic. However, you must visit your doctor to receive a prescription.
Unfortunately, there are some STDs that do not have a cure, such as herpes. However, it is important to visit a doctor to get medication which can reduce symptoms and outbreaks.
If you are in the Maryland or Washington, DC area and are afraid you might have an STD, don’t be embarrassed—visit Fast Track Urgent Care. Our testing is confidential and we can write the prescription you need to get on with your life and no longer worry about STDs.
Prevent STDs Spreading In Maryland & Washington, DC
Unfortunately, STDs and HIV is quite common in the Washington, DC area. To help stop the spread of these diseases and virus, there are several courses of action you can take:
- Always wear a latex condom
- Choose a partner that you know and trust
- Don’t use alcohol or drugs before you have sex
- Limit the number of partners you have
- Get screened often for STDs—we recommend before you plan on having sex with a new partner
Walk-In STD Testing in Maryland & DC
If you are looking for an easy way to get tested, simply visit Fast Track Urgent Care. With our two convenient locations, it is easy to walk in and get tested. So whether you are planning on having an intimate night with a new partner or you are noticing symptoms, visit our walk-in clinic to get an STD test today.