STD Testing Q & A
People usually mistake an STI (sexually transmitted Infection) with an STD (sexually transmitted disease). However, both are different from each other, and guess what? We are here to tell you how they differ.
A sexually transmitted infection is basically an infection caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, or yeast, which can be spread through sexual contact involving the genitals, mouth, or anus.
A sexually transmitted disease happens only when an STI is not treated, and then turns into an infection which can be transmitted by sexual means.
If you are diagnosed with an STI, then it means the bacteria is there, but the infection has not become a disease. This ultimately means that the bacteria will not be sexually transferred if it is treated in time. Infection is the beginning stage of any disease. Once the infection turns into a disease, it can be easily transferred through sexual activity.
Well, keep in mind that not all STIs are treatable. Diseases like HPV (Human Papillomavirus) do not always develop symptoms, so many women do not know they have it in the first place when they could be carrying the virus themselves. The moment the virus transforms into cervical cancer, it turns into an STD. And the woman is now finally diagnosed with an STD.
The risk factors for STIs:
The following are some important points that may put you at greater risk of contracting an STI:
- If you re involved in unprotected oral sex, either giving or receiving, without using a condom or dental dam.
- If you already have a history of STIs
- If you have multiple sexual partners
- Abusing alcohol, injecting drugs into your body, or abusing other substances which could alter decision-making skills
- Not knowing enough about your partner’s sexual history
- Irresponsibility towards STI prevention vaccines
Family Urgent Care is here at your convenience to provide assistance if you are worried about an STI. Our doctors will bring out all the tests and definite reports for you. We have the updated equipment for carrying out tests like HIV, chlamydia, herpes, hepatitis, syphilis, and other types of VD. The urgent care walk-in clinic nearest you is the best you can ask for. You do not even have to wait for an appointment!
Antibiotics are the best cure for STIs, although, only some of them are curable.
Prevention is best for STIs. Thus, using protection during sexual intercourse is always advisable. Always visit Family Urgent Care for any surgery or procedure since we use cleaned and new tools for your safety.