STD Testing: Why Is It Important?
Sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing should be a regular part of your healthcare routine if you are sexually active. This is due in part to the asymptomatic nature of many STDs (also referred to as sexually transmitted infections). Often, STDs don’t cause noticeable symptoms in their initial stages—or ever! The only way to know for certain that you do or don’t have an STD is to receive an STD test.
Another reason why STD testing is so important is the medical complications these infections may produce. If left unidentified and untreated, STDs can cause significant discomfort and lead to one or more of the following:
- Eye inflammation
- Heart disease
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Cervical cancer
- Rectal cancer
- Tubal or ectopic pregnancy
- Health problems in babies born to infected mothers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends STD testing for people who are experiencing potential symptoms of infection, which may include unusual redness, burning, itchiness, sores, sexual discomfort, or discharge from the genital area. Sexually active people without symptoms should be tested at least once a year. Sexually active gay or bisexual men should consider getting tested more frequently, about every three to six months.
STD Testing at Fast Track Urgent Care
Take control of your sexual health and gain peace of mind by receiving regular STD testing at Fast Track Urgent Care. Our board-certified clinicians offer professional and confidential testing services and can answer any questions you may have about your symptoms or safe sex practices. Walk-ins are always welcome—visit us in Silver Spring or Kensington today.