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 that all sexually active people are 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 your regular physician as our appointments do not include visual exams.

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.

young woman getting std test at a clinic

The Only True Way to know if you have an std Is to Get Tested

 

The only way to know for sure if you have an STD is to get tested. In fact, the most common symptom of an STD is no symptoms at all!

Alpha Center offers free and confidential STD for four common STDs:

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

How Often Should I Be Tested for STDs?

If you’re sexually active, the CDC has different testing guidelines depending on your anatomy.

  • All sexually active individuals (male and female) between 13-64 should be tested at least once for HIV
  • Sexually active females under 25 should be tested at least once a year for gonorrhea and chlamydia
  • Females over 25 who have multiple or new partners should be tested once a year
  • Sexually active males who have sex with men (MSM) should be tested once a year, or at least every six months for multiple or anonymous partners
  • Any individual who engages in behaviors that would put them at higher risk or is an IV drug user should be tested for HIV annually.

Alpha Center can provide testing at no cost to you up to twice a year and offers either treatment or referral if you receive positive results.

 

 

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.

std test in a tube at a labFever 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 make an appointment with your regular physician.

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.

STD Screenings are an Important Part of Your Sexual Health

Remember, it is always the safer 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 in Fort Collins, and we believe in helping others no matter what. If you are sexually active, please get in touch with Alpha Center today.

We would be more than happy to help you!

 

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