Participating in STD testing is necessary to ensure good sexual health. Knowing your STD status and getting the treatments you may potentially need not only keeps you healthy but also protects your partners. Despite all the health benefits of STD testing, people are often still intimidated by them and largely try to avoid getting tested.
At Statcare, it’s our job to make STD testing quick, painless and helpful to all our visitors. We want you to approach STD testing the way you would any other routine checkup — because that’s exactly what it is. To do that, we found the most common misconceptions about STD testing and tried to debunk them one by one.
1. STD Testing Is Embarrassing
STDs are more common than you think. In fact, one in two sexually active people will contract an STD by age 25. That means half of the sexually active people you know have had an STD and an even larger percentage have gone through STD testing. Taking care of your physical health is nothing to be embarrassed about. It is a responsible decision and one that could mean the difference between a clean bill of health and significant illnesses.
2. STD Testing Is Too Public
While it is true that you have to come into a Statcare location to complete STD testing, it is a completely private and confidential process. Our doctors will never share your results (or why you even came in for a visit) with anyone. Often, our patients prefer STD testing at our locations because it is more private than a traditional STD testing center. If you do happen to run into a neighbor or a colleague while you’re here, they won’t automatically assume you’re here to treat an STD. All your results from the lab will be available on your healow app and you will get notifications the minute the STD tests are reported.
3. STD Testing Is Painful
STD testing shouldn’t hurt. In some cases, a simple swab on the inside of your cheek is all your doctor will need to test you for STDs. Other times, a doctor will order a lab test which does involve drawing blood, but this process isn’t typically painful. Some STDs require a Urine Test. At Statcare, STD testing is quick, mostly painless and always professional.
4. STD Testing Always Leads to Bad News
This misconception is just false. Although 50% of sexually active people will contract an STD by the time they turn 25, that still leaves 50% of sexually active people who haven’t yet contracted one. More importantly, though, there are ways to treat and manage almost all STDs so even if your test comes back positive, we’ll help you through your treatment options. Your Statcare doctor will prescribe the right medication to eliminate the STD or they’ll provide medication that will treat the symptoms of a chronic STD like herpes or HIV. No matter what the results of your test are, we can help you with the right treatment so you’re able to live a comfortable, healthy life.
5. STDs Will Go Away On Their Own
Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. All STDs require treatment of some kind else they will progress. You can only know the best treatment plan with proper STD testing and diagnosis. People can carry some of the most common STDs without seeing a single symptom. Infections like HPV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and herpes can be present in your body for weeks (even years) before you see any symptoms. If you’re sleeping with multiple partners or want to sleep with a new partner, it’s important to get checked to know your STD status. The more you know about your body, the healthier you will be.
6. I Can Just Wait for My Partner to Get Tested
This is a dangerous game that too many people play. One person’s STD testing results don’t necessarily match their partners. You should always want to take responsibility for your own sexual health and take an STD test for yourself. Statcare’s tests are quick and cost-effective, so there’s no reason to not take care of yourself and become better informed about your health.
7. STDs Aren’t That Common Anymore
Unfortunately, this is also false. Gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia are all at record highs. Even more alarming, certain strains of gonorrhea are now resistant to treatment. With these new developments, it’s more important than ever to prioritize your physical health. That means regular STD testing and knowing the status of each of your sexual partners. It’s a single question that could save your quality of life. That seems worth it, right?
8. STD Testing Is Too Expensive
Statcare provides top-quality STD testing at an affordable price. Other STD testing services may be less expensive, but they won’t be as accurate as Statcare, nor will they be able to provide the kind of quality follow-up care that Statcare provides its patients. Now there are more websites than ever offering mail-in STD testing, but as a general rule, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. We encourage everyone to find a trusted doctor to administer proper STD testing at a price you can afford to ensure you are as healthy as possible.
9. My Primary Doctor Needs to Administer My STD Test
You aren’t required to get STD testing from your primary care doctor. You can get tested by any doctor you prefer. A majority of our patients prefer to get tested at our facilities rather than their regular doctor for the sake of privacy and expertise in this fast-changing environment. Also, your primary care doctor will not keep injections or medicines on-site to treat your STD. Statcare, on the other hand has all the medicines on-site. No matter what your reason, we will provide the best quality STD testing and treatment for the areas we serve.
10. STD Testing Is Inaccurate Most of the Time
If you’re taking STD tests through an online service, it is very likely that the results you’re getting are inaccurate. The companies who provide cheap, quick results rarely use accurate laboratories. The same is true of STD Kits for home testing. However, if you come into your local Statcare location, you are guaranteed to get accurate results from your doctor plus a treatment plan if necessary. The extra effort is worth it when you’re dealing with your physical and sexual health.
11. My Primary Care Doctor Would Tell Me About Any STDs
Some people assume that if they’ve done lab tests in the past, they’ve been tested for STDs. It’s unfortunately a totally false assumption. For lab tests, your doctor must specifically tell the lab to test for STDs in order to get accurate results. Don’t rely on a generic blood test to tell you what your STD status is. Ask for the specific STDs you’d like to be tested for, or ask your doctor for a full screen. The best thing to do, in all matters of your health, is to be proactive and tell your doctors exactly what you need. Also, Statcare sees younger patients who are sexually active and our providers see and treat STDs every day whereas Primary Care Physicians see older populations with chronic illnesses like Diabetes and High Blood Pressure and STDs may no longer be their area of expertise.
12. As a Lesbian, I Don’t Need STD Testing
We recommend any sexually active person get regular STD testing in order to stay informed about their health. STDs can be spread from various types of contact including toys and swapping of body fluids, not just through vaginal penetration. If you’re a member of the LGBT community and have specific questions regarding STD testing, our doctors would be more than happy to offer you any information you need.
13. I Use Protection, I Don’t Need STD Testing
Consistently using protection during sex is the first step in being responsible for your health and the health of others. Protection is the best way to make sure that you don’t end up in the 50% of people diagnosed with an STD. However, it’s only effective if it’s used correctly and all the time. ANd many STDs spread from skin to skin contact or contact with body fluids like saliva, If you don’t use the proper protection every time you have sex, you still need to make a habit of getting tested. It’s just the smart thing to do. Plus, with how convenient and cost-effective Statcare STD testing is, there’s hardly a reason not to.
The main theme in every single one of these common misconceptions — the theme we want to drive home — is that STD testing is important, convenient and most of all, not something to be ashamed of. Keeping yourself and your partners are something to be proud of.
If you’re looking for more information about the services Statcare provides beyond STD testing, check out our full list. We offer exceptional urgent care services, telemedicine and more. We’re open 365 days a year for extended hours for your convenience. Just come in and let us help you!