Having unprotected sex can be very risky. There are many people in Texarkana and throughout the world who have STDs and do not even realize it. If you have recently had unprotected sex, you should consider getting an STD test right away so that you do not risk transmitting it to someone else unknowingly. The following guide walks you through what you can expect when you get tested for an STD.
You Will Have to Answer Some Questions
Our team will ask you some questions when you come to our office in Texarkana. They will ask about your sexual past. They may ask how many partners you have had, if you use protection regularly, if you have any symptoms you are currently experiencing, and if you have ever been diagnosed with an STD in the past. This allows them to determine if this is a single situation that has you nervous, or if this is a regular event for you.
When you are in the office, the team may counsel you about how important safe sex is. They may walk you through the risks that you are taking by having unprotected sex and walk you through the different options that are available to you to protect yourself from a potential transmission of an STD.
You Will Have to Provide a Blood Sample
With an STD test, we will have to draw your blood in order to test it. If you do not have any lesions or sores, this may be the only sample that is needed to test you for an STD. If you do have lesions or sores, we may have to take a sample of the area that is infected by rubbing a cotton swab over the area and submitting the sample to a lab for testing.
It will take some time to find out the results of your STD test. It’s best to avoid having any sexual contact with anyone until you know if you have an STD or not. This will ensure that you do not transmit the disease to someone else. If you do have an STD, there are medications and treatments that you can take advantage of to lessen the symptoms you experience from the STD or to cure you from it altogether.
If you think you could benefit from getting an STD test, make an appointment at Exceed Urgent Care in Texarkana. There is absolutely nothing to be ashamed or afraid of, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Contact us today to book your appointment.