How STD Testing Benefits You
Whether you’ve been putting off getting tested for months or you’ve never even considered it, there are many reasons why you may want to have an STD test done sooner than later. Taking care of your sexual health is just as important as any other element of your overall well-being. However, unfortunately, many people feel uncomfortable with the idea of discussing their sexual history with a clinician.
The key to a positive STD testing experience is making sure you will not be judged, and your health assessment will remain private. At Advanced Urgent Care of Pasadena, we believe that all sexually active individuals should have regular STD testing done to care for their health. Below we have listed a few ways in which our patients benefit from our on-site STD testing services.
Ten Reasons to Get STD Testing
- Learn more about your options
Even if you wind up with a negative test result, there is still so much value in meeting with a sexual health expert. During STD testing, patients have the opportunity to discuss their options for birth control, protection against STDs and ask any other questions regarding their sexual health. In our clinic, you can expect a judgment-free space where the healthcare professional will ask you standard questions about your sexual history in order to provide useful recommendations going forward.
- Treat STDs early
Like various other types of illnesses, many STDs will worsen over time and transform into more serious health complications if treatment is not done promptly. Affected individuals could wind up with cancer, chronic symptoms, or death. Sometimes all you need to prevent such health complications is a simple trip to the STD clinic. At Advanced Urgent Care of Pasadena, we have an on-site lab where we can perform same-day STD testing as well as a pharmacy for you to fill your prescription right away. Often, treatment is as simple as taking antibiotics for a few days. At Advanced Urgent Care of Pasadena, we have an on-site lab where we can offer same-day STD testing. Additionally, we have a pharmacy on-site where patients who test positive for an STD can immediately have their prescriptions filled.
- Protect your loved ones
Even if you practice safe sex, things can happen, and you should do everything you can to be prepared if a condom breaks or slips off during intercourse. By getting testing for STDs, you know that you have done your part to protect your and your partner’s sexual health. This is especially important if you regularly partake in unprotected sex. Furthermore, if you become pregnant while suffering from an STD, you may pass the illness onto the fetus. For this reason, you are not only protecting yourself but also your baby by screening for STDs.
- Peace of mind
If you are sexually active, you have probably wondered at one time or another, whether you may have contracted some sort of disease or infection from a sexual partner. After all, some of the most common and dangerous STDs often present themselves without any symptoms. By getting tested for STDs at least once every few months, you will have peace of mind knowing that you are taking care of your health.
- Prepare for unprotected sex
In a perfect world, everyone would use protection during sex. However, the reality is that many individuals in monogamous relationships decide to stop using protection over time. While there is a much lower risk of infection when there are no other sexual partners involved, diseases can always be contracted. However, if you do decide to stop using protection whether it’s to try and get pregnant or simply because you prefer not to use it, both partners should have an STD test to ensure they are healthy before unsafe sex.
- Address symptomless infections
A mistake that many people make is to assume they do not have any STDs if they are not experiencing any symptoms. In reality, common STDs such as chlamydia and gonorrhea frequently affect people without any detectable symptoms. Many people also mistake symptoms for a urinary tract infection, yeast infection, or another sexual health issue that can be treated with over-the-counter drugs. Even if you are not experiencing any symptoms, it is always best to get tested regularly.
- Prevent symptoms
Depending on the particular STD, an untreated illness may leave you with serious symptoms which can drastically reduce your quality of life. For example, you may experience discomfort during sex, unusual menstruation, pain in the testicles or ovaries, and more. STD testing is a simple way to stop these disruptive symptoms from occurring.
- Track your fertility
Even if you are not in a place in life where you are prepared to have children, fertility is an important component of one’s health and should be monitored as such. Unfortunately, when STDs like chlamydia are left untreated for a long period of time, the illness may render affected individuals infertile. This can be extremely disconcerting for people later in life and is easily preventable by carefully monitoring one’s sexual health.
- Avoid mistreatment
When you think you may be experiencing symptoms of a minor illness, it is natural to think about the short-term, self-diagnose, and buy over-the-counter drugs at your local pharmacy as treatment. This can, however, be quite harmful if you are wrong about your condition. Additionally, by covering up your systems with short-term solutions, you may convince yourself that you are healed when in reality, there is an underlying STD that needs to be treated.
- Don’t wait for an answer
With modern technology, it is now faster and easier than ever to test for STDs. Many individuals are intimidated by the waiting period between taking the test and waiting for the results. However, at Advanced Urgent Care of Pasadena, we offer same-day STD testing so that you do not have to wait for days before knowing your health status.
Get STD Testing & More With Us Today
Are you thinking about getting tested for STDs? This is one of the best decisions you can make for your health! Whether you have a new sexual partner or you have not been tested in years, do not hesitate to take your sexual health into your own hands with an STD test. Contact us today to learn more about our same-day STD testing services.