If you are sexually active, especially with multiple partners, you may have heard the advice to receive a sexually transmitted infection screening. Sexually transmitted infections or STIs pass between two people during unprotected sexual activities.
The Women’s Health Group aims to help our patients avoid contracting an STI and provide different treatment options. We treat all of our patients with STIs with compassion and strive to create an environment free of judgment focused on keeping our patients healthy.
When Should I Get an STI Screening?
It’s best to receive an STI test as soon as possible. Many health professionals recommend receiving regular screening for STIs if you are at a higher risk for infection. For example, if you are under 25 and sexually active or have been with more than one partner in the last year, it may be a good idea to undergo STI screening.
Some STIs do not cause symptoms, or they can cause symptoms that quickly fade over time. If you leave an STI untreated, your infection may become worse, leading to other health issues. Once you receive a positive test for an STI, it’s essential to notify your partners so they can receive an STI screening as well.
What Is the Procedure for STI Checks?
After booking an STI screening at our facility, you and your doctor will discuss your symptoms to learn which test you need. Your doctor may ask how often you use protection, the number of people you’ve been sexually active with or the kind of sexual contact you’ve had with your partner. There are many different STI tests available, such as:
- Urine tests.
- Cheek swabs.
- Blood tests.
- Physical exams.
- Sampling sores or blisters.
- Discharge or cell samples.
Your doctor may have your results in a few minutes to a few days, depending on the test. If you receive a positive STI test, your doctor will recommend a treatment plan or prescribe medication. You shouldn’t feel ashamed of having an STI. It just means you are a normal person with a normal infection. STIs can happen to anybody, and taking action early and following your doctor’s orders will help prevent spreading the disease to others.
Learn More About Our STI Screening Services
If you believe you have an STI are have been with a partner with an STI, we encourage you to book an STI screening at one of The Women’s Health Group’s multiple locations in the metro Denver area.