When Was The Last Time You Got Tested?
STD testing is an important part of maintaining one’s health. Getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases is a responsibility to yourself, and to your current and future partners.
In fact, approximately 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) occur every year in the United States, with nearly half occurring among adolescents and young adults. (1)
The Center for Disease Control estimates that there are millions of new infections every year. If you’re sexually active or planning to become so, it’s never a bad idea to get tested.
Dr. G’s Urgent Care centers offer fast, compassionate, and discreet STD Testing. Our extended hours and multiple locations make it easy to get tested. You don’t need an appointment, and you don’t need to go anywhere else. Dr. G’s Urgent Care has diagnostic facilities and an on-site pharmacy so that we can take care of all of your needs, all in one place.
Dr. G’s Urgent Care Center puts patients first. We provide quality medical care conveniently in Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lake Worth, Deerfield Beach, & Coral Springs, Florida. You can easily contact our friendly staff at (561) 330-9363 or through email at [email protected]
- 1 About STD Testing in Florida
- 2 Benefits
- 3 Candidates for Testing
- 4 A Safe Space
- 5 What Your Test Will Entail
- 6 Results
- 7 How Much Does it Cost to Get Tested in Florida?
- 8 FAQ
- 9 References
About STD Testing in Florida
Start off with a clean bill of health. This can put you and your partners’ minds at ease so that everyone knows where they stand. Getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases is fast, affordable, and painless. The same is not the case when many of the common diseases go untreated or are passed unknowingly to your partners. It’s thought that sexually transmitted diseases have been around as long as humans have. There are descriptions of many of the symptoms of these illnesses in ancient texts and even on ancient Egyptian papyrus. (1) Modern lifestyles have seen the ebb, flow, and emergence of additional diseases that are real causes for concern.
While HIV is not the death sentence it once was, contracting other STDs can increase the risk of falling victim to this insidious virus: it also increases the likelihood that you’ll pass it on to your partner. (2) Other underlying health conditions can make it easier to become infected, even if the original illness has nothing to do with sex. However, sexually transmitted infections are preventable. Most of them are easily treated. However, if you don’t get tested, you can’t be treated. Your appointment at Dr. G’s Urgent Care isn’t just an opportunity to get tested, it’s also a chance to learn more about how you can protect yourself and the people you love. Dr. G’s Urgent Care offers a complete full panel screening to detect some of the most common STDs.
Common Sexually Transmitted Diseases:
- Herpes type 1 and 2
- HIV type 1 and 2
- Hepatitis A, B, and C
The only way to be sure that you’re disease-free is to get tested.
Many sexually transmitted diseases can be acquired without knowing it. Symptoms are not guaranteed to appear. In other cases, it can take several weeks after being infected for a disease to become detectable. Left untreated, many STD’s can have consequences that can threaten your reproductive system or your life. (3)
Candidates for Testing
Whether you’re concerned about your genital health, just feeling under the weather, or ready to turn over a new leaf, it’s time to get tested. Some sexually transmitted diseases can be passed from mother to child. If you’re thinking about becoming pregnant, are pregnant, or are having problems becoming pregnant, get tested. If you’ve been the victim, or think you’ve been the victim of a sexual assault, get tested. Taking control of your health can be the first step to taking back control of your life.
A Safe Space
Dr. Graber understands that being tested for STDs can be a stressful task. Recalling past sexual encounters can be difficult. Our Urgent Care Centers offer this important service in a non-judgemental, welcoming environment that puts your health first. Visit us in Coral Springs, Delray Beach, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Lake Worth. To learn more about the services Dr. Graber offers, visit our website, or follow us on Facebook or Instagram.
What Your Test Will Entail
A quick blood and urine test can determine whether you’ve contracted a sexually transmitted disease, or are in the clear. However, if you’re experiencing symptoms, our medical staff will perform a physical examination. This is an important part of making sure that your total health and wellness is given due attention. Although there are many testing services available, some of which patients can perform from the privacy and comfort of their homes, there is no substitute for a physical examination by a trained medical professional. A medical professional can identify signs of STDs that may not be apparent or noticeable to the patient. One of the team members at Dr. G’s will inspect your skin, lymph nodes, genital and anal area.
STD Testing For Women
For women concerned about the chance of infection with an STD, a pelvic examination will be a crucial part of the diagnostic process. Dr. G’s Urgent Care offers caring and compassionate services for women’s health, including pap smears and pelvic exams.
An anogenital examination for females includes a pelvic examination, inspection of the vulva, urethral and vaginal openings, and perianal region. Next, we’ll perform a speculum examination of the vagina and cervix, during which a Pap smear may be administered. Lastly, the doctor will feel for any irregularities in the reproductive organs. (4)
This is important, because HPV, a common STD can lead to cervical cancer. Other STDs left untreated can result in PID and infertility. (5)
STD Testing For Men
For men, an anogenital examination will be performed. This involves an external genital examination and inspection of the penis, scrotum, and perianal region. If needed, an anoscopy can assist with the examination of the anal canal for those presenting symptoms in that area. (4)
It may take a few days to receive the results of your tests. The friendly staff will be able to discreetly notify you when the results are ready. Many STDs are easily treatable with medication, and if you require medication, you’ll be able to fill your prescription at the pharmacy at Dr. G’s. If you require other services, the compassionate team at Dr. G’s will be able to direct you to accessible resources. Your health comes first.
How Much Does it Cost to Get Tested in Florida?
Dr. G’s Urgent care offers a 50% discount on the cost of visits to Medicaid patients.
Dr. G’s Urgent care is not in-network on Medicaid HMO plans, except for Molina. Your STD testing cost will depend on the screening you request, additional lab work, and any other necessary examinations. To get a better idea of what your testing will cost, call our offices at (561) 330-9363.
Do I still need to get tested even if I always use a condom?
Using a condom is a simple way to avoid many sexually transmitted diseases. However, some diseases can still be transmitted, even when using a condom. If you’re unclear as to the sexual history of any of your partners, you should be tested for STDs immediately.
I feel fine, why should I get tested for an STD?
You may be carrying an STD and not know it. Some diseases, like herpes, don’t always present symptoms but are still transmissible. Other diseases may not show up in an STD test for several weeks. If you think you may have been exposed, or just want peace of mind, you can walk into an urgent care center and be tested. Depending on when you think you’ve been exposed, you may need to return for a final test in the following weeks.
Does it hurt to get tested for STDs?
You can be screened for many STDs with a simple blood draw. Just one blood sample and a quick prick of a tiny needle can alleviate all of your worries, protect your partners, and possibly save lives.
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- Gruber, Franjo, et al. “History of Venereal Diseases from Antiquity to the Renaissance.” Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica: ADC, vol. 23, no. 1, 2015, pp. 1–11, pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25969906/.
- Kalichman, S. C., et al. “Prevalence of Sexually Transmitted Co-Infections in People Living with HIV/AIDS: Systematic Review with Implications for Using HIV Treatments for Prevention.” Sexually Transmitted Infections, vol. 87, no. 3, 17 Feb. 2011, pp. 183–190, 10.1136/sti.2010.047514.
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- Saslow D, Solomon D, Lawson HW, et al. American Cancer Society, American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, and American Society for Clinical Pathology screening guidelines for the prevention and early detection of cervical cancer. CA Cancer J Clin. 2012;62(3):147-172. doi:10.3322/caac.21139