Did you know that more than 25 percent of people living in the United States have an incurable sexually transmitted disease (STD)?

If you’re sexually active, it’s important to undergo regular STD screenings, and our team at AFC Urgent Care Hixson can help. After all, it’s better to know than not to know.

When Do You Need to Undergo an STD Screening?

As soon as someone become sexually active, it is important for them to undergo STD testing every year, especially since there are dozens of STDs out there nowadays. While it can be uncomfortable to ask for a test, it’s important.

Most STD screenings are done through a blood sample, urine sample or a swab test.

What an STD Panel Tests For

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomonas
  • HPV
  • Herpes
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C

When Can You Expect to Receive Results from an STD Test?

Depending on the type of STD test you took (urine vs blood), most results are returned within two to three days. Talk with your doctor about a screening if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms outlined below.

STD Symptoms

  • Discomfort in genitals
  • Fever
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Genital itching
  • Genital burning
  • Pressure in abdomen
  • Vaginal discharge in women
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Think you could have acquired an STD? Visit AFC Urgent Care Hixson to undergo an STD screening so that you can know sooner rather than later.