If you are sexually active, it’s essential to get tested regularly for a sexually transmitted disease (STD) since it’s possible to be a carrier without experiencing any symptoms.
No test is 100% accurate, but it’s crucial to get health screened for an STD. Read below to learn how STD tests work, common STD symptoms, and where to locate free STD/STI/STD testing.
When Should I Take a Test?
If you are pregnant (STDs can cause complications) or sexually active, the CDC highly recommends STD testing since those infected do not always display symptoms.
However, if you think you may have symptoms, these can include:
- abdominal pain
- itchiness and redness around the genital area
- unusual discharge
- sores or warts in the genital area
If you have any of these symptoms or think you may have an STD, getting tested as soon as possible is important.
What if the Test is Positive?
If you get a positive STD test, you shouldn’t feel embarrassed or ashamed. It’s important to know that you’ve done the right thing by getting tested, so you can now seek appropriate treatment options and inform your partner.
Most STDs have treatment options, so it’s important to speak with a healthcare provider once you’ve been tested.
Where Can I Get an STD Test?
If you are unsure if you have an STD/STI, the first step is to receive testing through your local pregnancy clinic.
At AscentCare, we provide free testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea (two of the most common types of STDs) and referrals for further testing and treatment.
It’s very important for your health to confirm if you have an STD as well as for the sake of your partner and pregnancy, if applicable. We offer no-cost tests and a judgment-free zone to discuss your options and resources. Contact us today!
We are a pregnancy care center near Peru, NY.