When You Should Get Tested for STDs/STIs
There is still a high percentage of our population that lacks the necessary knowledge and information to determine what to do when suspicious of having contracted a sexually transmitted disease. STDs and STIs are very common and spread easily, which is why it is essential to know their symptoms and act quickly if you believe you have contracted one.
What Should I Do If I Think I Have an STD/STI?
If you believe you have contracted an STD/STI the first thing you should do is get checked by a medical professional. Most STIs and STDs can be successfully treated even if you don’t have symptoms; avoiding testing and treatment can lead to serious health issues. There are different tests for each STD/STI, so make sure you tell your medical provider which one you believe you may have been exposed to. Once you have been diagnosed with an STD/STI, talk to your current sexual partners to let them know that they have been exposed and suggest that they undergo testing and treatment as well.
Reliable test results can be obtained as soon as one week after exposure for gonorrhea and chlamydia, 2 weeks to 3 months for syphilis and 2 weeks to 3 months for HIV, Hepatitis C, and Hepatitis B. If you believe you have been exposed to HIV or hepatitis B seek care immediately. Now, if you have been infected in the past, it is advisable that you get tested again three months after treatment to make sure that the STD/STI is gone or under control.
Screening tests can help determine whether an individual has been infected when they may not have any symptoms. It is recommended that everyone with an active sex life gets STD/STI screening regularly; early diagnosis can help you recover faster if infected, depending on what you may have contracted.
Free STI/STD Testing in Pennsylvania
Every aspect of your sex life is important, especially maintaining a safe and healthy one. Patients are our top priority here at Novus; we will make sure that you feel safe and welcome. To receive your free STD test, visit our website and schedule your appointment today!