What Happens if I Have an STD and Don’t Know It?

Getting sick is a normal part of life, and for most people, it happens a few times every year. Colds, the flu or strep throat appear with some very obvious symptoms of illness, and you will most likely know right away that you are getting sick.

STDs, or sexually transmitted diseases, are a bit trickier to navigate. This is because you could have one and not show any symptoms or feel sick at all!

Routine STD testing is one of the best ways to stop a silent STD in its tracks, and it also helps you and your partner avoid further issues later in life. Read on as our AFC Urgent Care Mooresville team explains why!

Can STDs Cause Symptoms?

Certainly! Some STDs show symptoms right away and can be obvious that something is going on.That’s when a quick visit to us can help diagnose you and get you on the path to wellness as soon as possible. However, if you are sexually active, routine testing is the only way of knowing for sure that you are healthy. A silent STD could easily be spread to your partner, and you could wind up with significant health complications as you get older.

Choose our center for quick and convenient testing any day of the week. We have a series of rapid tests available that can give you results in as little as 30 minutes. We simply take a swab, urine sample or blood sample and run it through our lab.

Common STD Symptoms

  • Burning with urination
  • Abnormal discharge
  • Pain during or after intercourse
  • Itching or general discomfort

What STDs Does AFC Test For?

Did you know that there are over 20 different types of STDs? Many of them share symptoms, which can make it hard to know what you are suffering from on your own. We can diagnose and treat your STD, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis or HPV.

Quick testing and treatment is crucial to your fertility and long-term health. If you don’t treat an STD, you could experience infertility troubles, pregnancy complications like preterm birth and certain serious diseases like pelvic inflammatory disease. Stop by any day of the week for a quick test so you can stay as healthy as possible.

Tips for Maintaining Your Health

  • Test frequently/before a new relationship, even if you have no symptoms.
  • Get vaccinated against hepatitis A, hepatitis B and HPV.
  • Communicate any diagnoses with partner.
  • Always wear a condom.

We are always here for you. Stop by for an STD test today at AFC Urgent Care Mooresville.