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Can You Check for STDs Yourself?

Can You Check for STDs Yourself?

Hands of physician at urgent care centerSexually transmitted infections (STIs), more commonly referred to as “STDs,” are incredibly common and rapidly on the rise according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. If you’re unsure about the state of your sexual health or whether or not you should seek STD testing, you may be curious if you can check for STDs yourself.

The answer to this question is a little complicated. Some STDs promptly cause noticeable symptoms that quickly indicate an infection, but the majority don’t. A somewhat reliable diagnostic method is an at-home STD test, which involves collecting your own urine sample or oral, vaginal, or rectal swab and mailing it to a laboratory. While these at-home tests are certainly convenient, they come with a few notable drawbacks, such as:

  • An increased chance of inaccurate results related to the specimen collection process.
  • Uncertainty regarding what type of test is most appropriate for the individual’s specific symptoms and situation.
  • A lack of professional medical guidance concerning treatment options, safer sex practices, and next steps.

Simple & Confidential STD Testing at Fast Track Urgent Care

If you’re considering receiving an STD test or would simply like to share your concerns with an experienced, board-certified medical practitioner, Fast Track Urgent Care is an excellent place to turn. Our fully equipped urgent care centers in Silver Spring and Kensington, Maryland, offer a full spectrum of professional and confidential STD testing, in addition to expert guidance regarding treatment and safer sex practices.

Find the answers you need to achieve your best health. Visit Fast Track Urgent Care today for STD testing—we’re open every day during extended hours and welcome walk-in patients.