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sexual health

A walk-in clinic in Orlando generally offers same-day STD testing. The only way to completely protect against sexually transmitted diseases is by using condoms during intercourse. However, because some STDs do not show symptoms, many people never realize they have an STD. A walk-in clinic, therefore, suggests that all sexually active teens and adults are tested at least once each year or before changing sexual partners. Read on to learn why you should consider STD testing for chlamydia, HPV, and HIV.

Chlamydia Testing

An urgent care center recommends chlamydia testing at least once per year if you are a sexually active woman under age 25 or are over 25 but at risk for sexually transmitted diseases. You are at a higher risk for chlamydia if you are having sex with multiple partners or with a new partner. Chlamydia testing is usually done through a urine test.

HPV Testing

Young girls should be tested for HPV, or human papillomavirus, early on. Some strains of HPV can cause cervical cancer, while others cause genital warts. Health care providers advise testing for HPV as soon as possible because it is the most common STD —and because it can now be prevented with a painless vaccine. To prevent cervical cancer caused by HPV, it is important to get the vaccine while you are young.

HIV Testing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that all men and women between 15 and 65 are tested for HIV at least once. HIV testing must be specifically requested, as it is not performed as part of routine STD testing. If you engage in risky sexual practices or have multiple partners, the CDC suggests HIV testing annually.

If you want to learn more about STD testing or schedule an appointment to be tested, contact Paramount Urgent Care by calling 352-674-9218. We offer STD testing and HIV testing at our four locations in Orlando, Clermont, Oviedo, and Lady Lake. Our tests and labs are completed as quickly as possible, so you can resume your normal daily activities.