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Itching, burning, or lesions on your genitals are signs of a possible sexually transmitted disease (STD), but these conditions aren’t always so obvious. At Acton Urgent Care in Acton, Massachusetts, the expert medical team provides comprehensive, non-judgmental STD testing to find and treat it. Treating your STD quickly can prevent future infertility and stop more people from contracting it. Schedule your next round of STD testing by phone or online at Acton Urgent Care today.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are conditions and infections that spread through sexual contact. Despite the daunting sound of their name, STDs are very common and most are highly treatable.
Some STDs come with symptoms, but others can stay with you for years without showing any signs. That’s why it’s important to get tested for STDs regularly. You should come to Acton Urgent Care for an STD test at three, six, or 12 month intervals depending on your level of sexual activity. You should also come in for testing if you have symptoms of a possible STD.
There are many types of STDs and they vary in their symptoms and prognosis. Here are a few common STDs and the symptoms they might cause:
Herpes is a common STD without a cure. It causes sores on your mouth or genitals. During a herpes flare-up, you should avoid skin-to-skin contact with the affected area. The symptoms are easy to treat and flare-ups decrease in frequency over time.
Chlamydia, a bacterial STD, often doesn’t come with symptoms. If it does, you might feel pain or burning during sex or while urinating. The condition is highly treatable and is best treated early before symptoms appear.
Gonorrhea is another bacterial STD that usually doesn’t cause symptoms. If you do get symptoms, they can include burning while urinating or discharge from your genitals. The condition can also affect your eyes if it comes into contact with them.
Left untreated, conditions like chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause infertility and other long-term health issues.
At Acton Urgent Care, the team offers regular and as-needed STD testing. The team evaluates you and asks about your sexual history to decide which types of STD testing will be the most beneficial. Your test may involve:
If the team diagnoses you with an STD, they give you appropriate medications to treat or manage it. Bacterial STDs are treated with a course of antibiotics. You must also tell your recent sexual partners about your diagnosis so that they can get tested for it, too. It might seem embarrassing, but it can help prevent further spread of the infection and keep your partner healthy in the future.
If you’re due for STD testing or if you notice possible symptoms of an STD, call Acton Urgent Care or book an appointment online today.