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Keeping Yourself Safe with STD Testing

Staying Healthy and Protected

Frequent sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing is a normal and recommended part of maintaining sexual health. Much like wearing proper protection, it is crucial to schedule regular STD tests to make sure you aren’t passing any illnesses along to partners. If you haven’t been using proper protection, it’s even more important to schedule a test.

As stated by Planned Parenthood, STDs can develop even if you don’t notice any symptoms. Additionally, not all infections look or feel the same for everyone. So, even if you feel alright physically, it’s never a bad idea to schedule a test as a type of check-up.

For more information on keeping yourself safe with STD Testing, call Advance ER to schedule an appointment today. We can be reached at either of our two locations below:

Common Symptoms of STDs

As we mentioned, STDs can develop without symptoms, but they can also develop with discernable symptoms. Some common symptoms of STDs may include:

  • Sores, bumps, or blisters on the genitals, upper thigh, or buttocks
  • Abnormal discharge from the genitals
  • Burning sensation when urinating
  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Dark or abnormally colored urine
  • Pain, itching, swelling, or other irritation of the genitals, testicles, or buttocks
  • Unusual genital odor
  • Unusual bleeding, especially between periods
  • Abdominal pain
  • Painful intercourse
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Jaundice
  • Flu-like symptoms
    • Fever
    • Swollen glands
    • Body aches
    • Fatigue

It’s important to note that these symptoms do not necessarily mean you definitely have an STD. Other infections can cause similar symptoms, such as urinary tract infections (UTIs) or yeast infections. Regardless, if any of these symptoms develop, it is a wise decision to schedule an appointment with a physician to receive testing. Your physician will be able to diagnose your condition and prescribe any necessary antibiotics for treatment.

Talking About STD Testing

Although it may be an uncomfortable topic, it is always important to talk to your partner(s) about STD testing, as it protects and benefits everyone. You and each partner you’re involved with should receive frequent STD tests, in order to make sure that everyone remains safe. If you do end up receiving a positive test, it is imperative to be honest with your partner(s) so they can schedule the necessary tests and treatments if they’ve also contracted it.

In addition to being open, honest, and transparent with your partner(s), it’s also important to do so with the physician treating you. At Advance ER, you don’t need to feel embarrassed talking to our staff. We provide treatments with confidentiality and discretion, and we encourage you to ask any questions you may have about your symptoms or diagnosis. We have seen it all before and strive to create a safe environment for patients seeking care and confiding in our medical staff.

Schedule Your STD Test Today

At Advance ER, STD testing is one of our specialty services. Our tests can detect diseases such as human papillomavirus (HPV), gonorrhea, syphilis, trichomoniasis, genital herpes, chlamydia, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV/AIDS).

If you are in need of an STD test, schedule an appointment today. Give us a call at either 214-494-8222 (Park Cities) or 214-247-7909 (Galleria).