What Happens if I Don’t Treat an STD?

Taking care of yourself includes taking care of your entire body. You know yourself best, so if you start to recognize symptoms that you aren’t familiar with, it may indicate the need to get tested for a variety of conditions.

STDs are incredibly common in the United States and actually affect up to one in five people in any given year. Those are high odds, so you might find yourself in a position where you are wondering if you need to be tested this year.

Stop in to AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah for testing if needed, and read on to learn why testing and treating STDs is important.

Why Do I Need to Test for STDs?

If you are sexually active, getting tested regularly and between partners is one of the most responsible things you can do. Not all STDs present with symptoms, so you could be spreading something around without even knowing it. A quick test will determine what you are suffering from, even if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms from it.

Let us be your center for regular STD testing! We have tests that can diagnose a wide variety of STDs. A simple blood draw, swab or urine sample is all we need in order to provide you with an accurate diagnosis in as little as 30 minutes for some STDs.

Rapid STD Tests at AFC Ooltewah

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis

Will an STD Go Away Without Treatment?

Just like any other illness, receiving a proper diagnosis and treatment plan for an STD is crucial to your long-term health. The longer you wait to seek care, the worse it can get and can actually lead to some pretty unfortunate health complications later in life. Untreated STDs can scar reproductive organs, cause infertility and cause pelvic inflammatory disease.

All that being said, we know that it can sometimes be uncomfortable to talk with a stranger about your sexual health. Remember that this is our job and you certainly are not the first person to come see us about this! We will take care of you respectfully and discreetly so you can get back to your normal life faster.

Practicing Responsible Sexual Health

  • Get tested often, and especially when switching partners.
  • Wear a condom.
  • Don’t hide information from your partner.
  • Get vaccinated for hepatitis A, hepatitis B and HPV.

We are here seven days a week. Stop by our AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah center today for an STD test.