How to Tell if You Have an STD

At Alpha Center, we take pride in providing compassionate, exceptional medical care to those in need of routine STD screening. The truth is: anyone who is sexually active is at risk for acquiring an STD. That’s why we provide free-of-charge STD testing and education on risk factors.

If you are already showing signs or symptoms of an STD, please make an appointment to see see your regular physician. At Alpha Center in Fort Collins we provide routine STD checks for those who are sexually active. We make it easy for you to stay protected.

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The Only True Way Is by Getting Tested

The only way to know for sure if you have an STD or not is to get tested. Alpha Center offers free and confidential STD testing, and we can test for four common STDs:

  1. Chlamydia
  2. Gonorrhea
  3. HIV
  4. Syphilis

If you’re sexually active, the CDC recommends getting tested every three to six months. Alpha Center can provide testing at no cost to you up to twice a year, and offer either treatment or referral if you receive positive results.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it’s time to see your primary care doctor rather than getting tested with a clinic such as Alpha Center. They can provide the care you may need to treat your symptoms.

 

How to tell when to see your physician or get an STD Screening:

One of the most common symptoms of an STD is painful or burning urination. If you’re experiencing this symptom and it’s accompanied by other symptoms on this list, it’s a good idea to seek treatment for your regular physician.

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Fever and/or Bumps

If you have a fever or have bumps around your genitals, these could be signs of an STD. If experiencing symptoms now, please ensure to make an appointment with your regular physician.

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Sores or Rashes

If you have sores or rashes on your genitals or around your mouth, it’s a good idea to get tested for STDs. These sores can be a sign of several different STDs, so it’s important to get checked out by a medical professional.

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STD Screenings are an Important Part of Your Sexual Health

Remember, it is always the safe option to see a medical professional, rather than guessing on your own. If you are sexually active make sure to schedule regular STD screenings at Alpha Center.

Alpha Center is a Christian medical clinic based in Fort Collins, and we believe in helping others no matter what. If you are sexually active, please contact Alpha Center today. We would be more than happy to help you!

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