Sexually-transmitted diseases, or STDs, have a bit of a stigma. But they happen. 50% of sexually-active persons will contract an STD by age 25. Getting tested is vitally important, even if you’re not sure you may have an STD. If you don’t get tested, you may not be able to get proper treatment, or you may risk passing the disease on to a future sexual partner.
STDs, also known as sexually transmitted infections or (STIs), are very common among people of all ages in the United States. Especially for younger people, STDs are on the rise. There are dozens of known STDs in the US, which are categorized as:
- Bacterial – Generally curable with antibiotics, STDs like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are identified as bacterial sexually transmitted diseases.
- Viral – Although viral STDs cannot be cured, many can be treated with medication prescribed by a medical professional. Some viral STDs, like HPV, can disappear on their own. Viral STDs include HIV, genital herpes, HPV, and Hepatitis B & C.
- Parasitic – Common examples of parasitic STDs include public lice and scabies. These can typically be cured with medications and creams.
In many cases, STDs come with a list of specific symptoms. From burning during urination to itching, to discharge and sores. When it comes to your health, it’s best to take the safe, responsible route. That’s why you should get tested at Complete Health Urgent Care.
If you would like us to bill your insurance company, please know that STD testing and treatment can be expensive, depending on your provider and plan. Not all insurance companies pay for a preventative screening if you don’t have symptoms. For this reason, we have created a discounted rate for those patients that use our self-pay pricing option and pay at the time of service.