Sexual Transmitted Disease or STD & Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV
Walk-in STD and HIV Testing
Sexually transmitted diseases (often called STDs or STIs) are infections spread through sexual intercourse and other intimate contact. Many different organisms can cause sexually transmitted diseases, including yeast, viruses, bacteria, and parasites. While there are over twenty kinds of STDs, the most common include:
+ HPV (human papillomavirus)
+ Hepatitis B & C
+ Syphilis and Trichomoniasis
+ And Herpes Simplex Virus HSV
Certain factors increase your chances of contracting a sexually transmitted disease, including:
+ Having unprotected sex
+ Have multiple sexual partners; risk increases with each additional partner
+ Having HIV
The best way to prevent getting an STD is to use protection all time until you’re in an exclusive, long-term relationship. You can catch infections early by seeking immediate treatment if you notice any of the common signs and symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases by visiting DuPage Immediate Care; we offer STD screening 365 days a year for your convenience and wellness.
When to get tested:
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc), the annual screening is recommended for those who have had more than one sexual partner, unprotected sex with multiple partners, all pregnant women, or anyone who shares injection drug equipment should get tested too.
Additionally, you should stop in for STD screening – even if you’ve been tested in the last year – if you notice any of the common signs and symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease, including:
+ Unusual genital discharge
+ Foul odor
+ Fever and open sores on the mouth or genitals
+ Itching, burning, or pain while urination.
According to hiv.gov, more than 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV today, if your partner has been diagnosed with HIV or an STD, you should get tested right away. The earlier the illness is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat successfully.
Most STDs are diagnosed under a microscope, which means the physician takes a swab from the suspected infection and sends it to the lab for examination.
To learn more about STD screening and treatment, visit the cdc.gov website or contact our discreet and understanding team today.
Confidential and Private Testing
Many patients fail to seek treatment for fear of judgment or privacy breaches. At DuPage Immediate Care, we understand the strong need for strict confidentiality and judgment-free care when treating sexually transmitted diseases, and have been told by many patients that they felt comfortable sharing their concerns and disclosing risk factors with our compassionate, caring treatment team.
Need a test or screening? Just stop by DuPage Immediate Care to see our experienced physicians, where we pride ourselves for offering STD and HIV testing on-site and getting your results as soon as possible.