STd TESTING AND TREATMENT
STD Testing and Treatment
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Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are very common. Sometimes people call them sexually transmitted infections (STIs), but don’t let that confuse you. By age 25, about 1 in 2 sexually active people will get one, and they might not even know it. STDs don’t all look like the scary photos you’ve seen on Google. Most often they show no symptoms. If left untreated, STDs can cause pain, damage internal organs, even death. Some STDs can lead to being unable to have children (infertility).
The only way to know for sure if you have an STD is to be tested.
Some STDs can be cured, and all can be treated. Early treatment can relieve the side effects and health problems of most STDs.
At Access Esperanza Clinics, STD testing is confidential. You’ll want to wait a couple weeks after a possible exposure for test results to be accurate, but make sure to come in. People who qualify for state funding programs can receive free STD tests. Find out here if you might qualify https://accessclinics.org/qualify/
We offer the following STD tests:
Chlamydia and Gonorrhea
Get screened every year if:
- You’re a sexually active and under age 25
- You’re older than 25 and at risk of STDs — for example, if you’re having sex with a new partner or multiple partners
- You’re a man who has sex with men
- You have HIV
- You’ve been forced to have sex
Chlamydia and gonorrhea screenings are painless and fast. Test are done either through a urine sample or during a woman’s pelvic exam. Samples are sent to a lab, and results should be ready in 5 days or less.
Our clinics provide medication to cure chlamydia and gonorrhea.
HIV and Syphilis
Sexually active people should get an HIV test at least once. If you are at high risk of infection, you should be tested more often.
Request testing for HIV or syphilis if you:
- Test positive for another STD, which puts you at greater risk of other STDs
- Have had more than one sexual partner since your last test
- Use intravenous (IV) drugs
- Are a man who has sex with men
- Are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant
- Have been forced to have sex
For HIV screenings, we take a drop of blood from the finger. Results are ready in minutes. If the test is positive, we may do a second confirmation test, which we send to a lab. Results for secondary confirmation tests are usually ready in 5 days or less.
Testing for syphilis is done by blood, which is sent to a lab. Results are usually ready in 5 days or less.
Our clinics offer medication that cures syphilis. We refer to agencies that offer low-cost HIV treatment.
We also assess and provide treatment for vaginal infections and yeast infections.
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