Confidential STD Testing and Treatment Questions and Answers
Visit Lifetime Urgent Care for your affordable, quick and confidential STD testing by our board-certified doctors. Don’t allow STDs to ruin your health. For more information, please call us or simply walk-in! We serve patients from Flint MI, Rankin MI, Grand Blanc MI, Genesee County MI, Burton MI, Swartz Creek MI, Gaines MI, Fenton MI, Holly MI, Linden MI, and Atlas MI.
What is an STD?
STD also referred to as an STI is short for sexually transmitted disease. A sexually transmitted disease (or infection) is most often spread from person to person by sexual intercourse. Some of the most common STDs can include, but are not limited to: HIV, chlamydia, genital herpes or warts, gonorrhea, hepatitis, syphilis, and trich are all considered STDs.
STDs used to be called venereal diseases and they are all among the most common diseases that are contacted. STDs are serious illnesses that require immediate medical treatment and diagnosis by a medical professional. However, there are some STDs, like HIV, that cannot be cured and can be deadly to the person. By learning about STDs and the way you can protect yourself is extremely vital to a person’s health.
A person can come in contact with a STD from participating in vaginal, anal, or oral sex. You can also be infected with trich by coming in contact with a damp or moist object such as a towel, wet clothing, or toilet seats. Contacting trich by an object is possible although it is more commonly known to be spread by sexual contact.
What does a STD test consist of?
Your doctor or medical professional will tell you what tests they think you need based on any signs or symptoms that you are experiencing. They will explain to you in detail every step of the way and also why they are suggesting these tests. If anything they explain is unclear to you, do not hesitate to ask them to be more thorough in explaining and they will be more than happy to discuss with you in more details. When testing for STDs, your medical professional may collect some or all of the following:
- Urine/pee sample
- Blood sample
- Swab of the urethra
- Exam of the genitals and genital area
- For females, swab from the vagina (this is something in which you can usually do yourself)
The testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea typically only requires a urine sample or in the case of a woman, a swab. The testing for HIV and syphilis requires a blood sample. Testing for herpes isn’t usually done unless the patient has sores on the genitals or anus. In this case, a swab will be taken from one of the sores.
Why should I go to Lifetime Urgent Care for my STD test?
Our urgent care and walk-in clinic treats patients Monday-Friday from 8am to 8pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Walk-ins are always more than welcome. Call or visit Lifetime Urgent Care near you and speak with one of our trusted doctors, physicians or medical professionals. Here at Lifetime Urgent Care we understand that talking about STDs and STIs can be a difficult thing to do – and that is why we want you to know you can feel comfortable and secure here at our judgement-free clinic. Your physical being and sexual health are very important to us. Don’t put you or your partner at risk any longer and get tested today. We are located near you at 2469 W. Hill Rd Flint, MI 48507.