Select Family Practice and Urgent Care
Family Medicine located in Raleigh, NC
On any given day, 20% of Americans have a sexually transmitted infection (STI). If you’re concerned about your sexual health and STIs, make an appointment at Select Family Practice in Raleigh, North Carolina. The team offers rapid and discreet STI screening services to help you protect your health and get the treatment you need. Call Select Family Practice today, or schedule a consultation online.
STI Screening Q & A
What are the common STIs?
Several STIs are circulating today. Some of the most common types of STI include:
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
STIs spread through fluids exchanged during unprotected sexual contact, including oral, vaginal, and anal sex.
What are the warning signs of STIs?
STIs can cause various symptoms and, when left untreated, can lead to infertility and other severe complications. Some of the warning signs of an STI include:
- Bumps or sores on your genitals or anus
- Pain or burning sensations during urination
- Discharge from the penis
- Abnormal vaginal discharge
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
- Painful sex
- Sore, swollen lymph nodes
- Pain in the lower abdomen
However, many STIs don’t cause symptoms in their early stages, which is why having an STI screening is critical to protecting your health. When diagnosed early, the Select Family Practice team can offer treatment before you experience any symptoms or adverse effects.
When should I have an STI screening?
You should talk to your health care provider at Select Family Practice about your risk of STIs. They can provide personalized advice about when and how often to have an STI screening. For example, if you have an elevated risk from having unprotected sex or multiple partners, you might need more frequent screening.
What should I expect during an STI screening?
The Select Family Practice offers several STI tests, including blood tests, urinalysis, and cheek, genital, and anal swabs. If you have sores in your mouth or on your genitals, your provider may take a sample of fluid or cells from the sore for testing.
Your provider may also perform a physical exam, checking for physical signs of an STI. They also ask about your sexual history and habits to evaluate your STI risk.
What happens if my STI screening has positive results?
If you have a positive STI test, don’t panic. The Select Family Practice team can treat most infections with antibiotics or other medication.
However, some STIs, such as herpes and HIV/AIDS, don’t have cures. The team offers medication and lifestyle advice to help you stay healthy and reduce your risk of spreading your infection to others.
Call Select Family Practice today, or make an appointment online if you’re concerned that you’ve been exposed to an STI and need testing.
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