Ouch! Urgent Care offers on-site confidential STD testing services upon request.
Given that nearly 20 million people contract an STD or STI each year, it is important to be diligent about your personal sexual health and prevent the spread of these diseases. Our doctors and physician assistants will make the experience as quick and comfortable as possible.
Some of the most common STDs, according to the CDC, are:
- This is the most commonly reported STD in the United States. It is spread through oral, anal and vaginal sex, and it can cause severe damage to a woman’s reproductive system if not treated. Symptoms for men and women include abnormal discharge and a burning sensation when urinating.
- This infection is common in people ages 15-24 and is spread through oral, anal and vaginal sex. Symptoms for men include a burning sensation when urinating, a white, yellow, or green discharge from the penis, and (less commonly) painful or swollen testicles. Women’s symptoms include burning sensation when urinating, increased vaginal discharge and vaginal bleeding between periods.
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
- Humans are at risk for HIV if they have unprotected sex or if they have multiple or anonymous sex partners. Unfortunately, there are no symptoms of HIV. The only way to find out if you have it is to get tested. If you have or have previously had an STD, you are at a higher risk of contracting HIV.
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- This STI most commonly affects teenagers and young adults. It can be transmitted though oral, anal and vaginal sex, even when the infected person has no symptoms. There is a vaccination available to lessen the chances of getting HPV, which boys and girls ages 11-12 should get.
- People contract syphilis when coming into direct contact with a syphilis sore during oral, anal or vaginal sex. This infection has four stages: Primary: Sores at the infected site. Secondary: skin rash, swollen lymph nodes, fever. Latent stage: no signs or symptoms. Tertiary stage: severe medical problems that can affect the heart, brain and other organs. Syphilis can also be transmitted from a pregnant woman to her growing fetus.
- Out of the curable STDs, trichomoniasis is the most common. Most people do not have symptoms, but those can include irritation and inflammation. Men may experience irritation or itching inside the penis, uncomfortable urination and discharge. Women should watch for sore, red, burning or itching genitals, uncomfortable urination and changes in vaginal discharge.
In addition to STD testing, we offer on-site pregnancy tests.
If you would like more information about STDs or STD testing, please visit Ouch! Urgent Care at 6020 Meadowridge Center Drive, Suite F, in Elkridge, MD.
(STD information courtesy of the CDC)