The number of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) rises by 1 million per day worldwide. Most STDs are very treatable, but you first have to know there’s a problem. That’s where TruCare Clinic and Urgent Care in Minneapolis, Minnesota, comes in to help with STD testing. You can test for most STDs conveniently in the office, so book your appointment online or call the office to schedule your testing today.
STD Testing Q & A
What is sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing?
STD testing is medical testing that checks for diseases mainly passed through sexual contact. There are several types of STD testing, including: Blood tests Blood tests can screen for hepatitis, herpes, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and syphilis. Urine tests Urine tests can screen for both chlamydia and gonorrhea. Cell tests Cell tests involve collecting a small sample of tissue from your reproductive tract. For example, in women, it involves a swab of the cervix (the opening to the uterus.) This type of test can check for human papillomavirus (HPV,) trichomoniasis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Some diseases have multiple possible screening methods. Your TruCare Clinic and Urgent Care provider can explain which tests are best for accurate results.
When might I need STD testing?
It’s vital to schedule STD testing if you engage in any behavior that puts you at risk for STDs. Some reasons that you might want to schedule STD testing include:
Unprotected sexual contact
Sexual contact with multiple partners
Sexual contact with another person who had multiple partners
New symptoms of an STD
In addition, you should schedule STD testing as soon as possible if a current or past partner tells you that they have an STD. What are the symptoms of an STD? Many STDs may not cause symptoms in their early stages, making testing especially crucial if you suspect exposure. Some of the signs that warrant an immediate appointment at TruCare Clinic and Urgent Care include:
Genital itching or burning
Unusual genital discharge
New genital odor
Pain during urination
Discomfort during sexual intercourse
New bumps or sores on the genitals
Don’t wait for STD symptoms to appear to seek testing and treatment. In most cases, STDs respond very quickly to antibiotics or other treatments — so the earlier you test and get a diagnosis, the faster you can get better. The empathetic providers at TruCare Clinic and Urgent Care understand that you might feel embarrassed to talk about STDs, so they go out of their way to make your visit comfortable and easy. They want to normalize being proactive about your reproductive health and whole-body wellness, so don’t hesitate to make your STD testing appointment online or by phone today.
TruCare Clinic and Urgent Care makes it easy to take care of all of your health needs so don’t delay in calling the Trucare office (612-345-7175) or clicking the online scheduling link to set up your appointment now