What Is an STI?

Comprehensive STD Testing at California Urgent Care Center

A sexually transmitted infection (STI), also called sexually transmitted disease (STD) or venereal disease (VD), is any condition passed between individuals engaged in sexual activity. This occurs when a person has unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex with another individual who has an STI. It is possible to transmit some STIs through non-sexual means such as through needle sharing or breastfeeding.

STIs can present with or without symptoms and can develop into very serious conditions. Depending upon the illness, those who contract an STI could sustain organ damage, infertility, cancer or even death. Getting proper treatment can help prevent these outcomes. 

Contact us for prompt, confidential and timely STD testing at California Urgent Care Center today. 

Recognizing STI Symptoms: What to Look For

An STI can present with many different symptoms depending on which STI a person has contracted. These symptoms often include: 

  • Swelling 
  • Redness 
  • Bumps, sores or warts near the genitals or mouth 
  • Discharge from the vagina or penis 
  • Irregular vaginal bleeding 
  • Painful sex 
  • Skin rashes 
  • Weight loss 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Night sweats 
  • Fatigue
  • Aches and pains 
  • Fever or chills 
  • Painful/frequent urination 
  • Jaundice 

As mentioned before, STIs do not always manifest symptoms. This does not mean that you still will not need treatment. If you have been with a sexual partner whom you suspect has contracted an STI, get yourself tested just to be sure, and always use protection such as a condom during intercourse. 

STD Testing: When and Why It's Necessary

You should get tested for STDs if:

  • You are sexually active: If you are sexually active, it's recommended that you get tested for STDs regularly, regardless of whether or not you have symptoms.
  • You have a new sexual partner: If you have a new sexual partner, it's important to get tested before having sex with them to ensure that you are both STD-free.
  • You have symptoms of an STD: If you are experiencing symptoms of an STD, such as genital itching, burning, or discharge, it's important to get tested as soon as possible.
  • You have had unprotected sex: If you have had unprotected sex, especially with a new partner or a partner whose STD status is unknown, it's important to get tested for STDs.
  • You are pregnant: If you are pregnant, your healthcare provider may recommend STD testing as part of your prenatal care to ensure that you and your baby stay healthy.

It's important to note that many people with STDs do not experience any symptoms, so regular testing is key to identifying and treating STDs early.

The Critical Role of Early STD Detection

Early detection of STDs/STIs is paramount, significantly impacting both individual health and public well-being. Swift identification allows for prompt treatment, reducing the risk of complications such as infertility, chronic health issues, or more severe diseases. Equally crucial is preventing transmission to partners, emphasizing the responsibility to prioritize sexual health. Regular testing empowers individuals to take control of their well-being, fostering a proactive approach to preventing the spread of infections and ensuring a healthier, safer community for everyone. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I get tested for STDs?

The frequency of STD testing depends on various factors, including individual risk factors or sexual activity. Patients who are sexually active or have multiple partners should consider getting tested for STDs annually or as recommended by their healthcare provider.

Do I need to fast or make any special preparations before STD testing?

In most cases, no fasting or special preparations are required before STD testing. However, it's essential to follow any specific instructions your healthcare provider provides, such as avoiding urination for a certain period before urine-based tests. If you have any questions or concerns about preparations for STD testing, feel free to contact California Urgent Care Center for guidance.

Get Confidential STD Testing at Our Local Urgent Care

At California Urgent Care Center, we have more than just the tools to help diagnose and treat your STI. We also have a caring staff that knows the importance of discretion in sensitive matters such as these. You may contact or stop by any of our local medical facilities for the treatment you need. Visit one of our urgent care centers for STD testing near you. 

Frequently Ask Questions We're Here to Help
  • What is telehealth?
    Telehealth (also known as Telemedicine) is a doctor’s visit that does not require face-to-face interaction. It occurs 100 percent online. You can use your computer, tablet, or smartphone to conduct a telemedicine appointment. This is a great option for people with busy schedules who do not have time to visit their doctor in person. It is also a great option for people in rural areas who do not have the same access to healthcare as people in large cities. Now, patients can meet with a medical professional from the comfort of their own homes.
  • When Should I Use Urgent Care Telehealth Services?

    Of course, you cannot receive treatment for every medical issue during a telemedicine appointment. Some medical issues require in-person treatment at our urgent care center. However, you could consider taking advantage of urgent care telemedicine if you are experiencing the following health concerns.

    • Certain respiratory conditions, including colds and seasonal allergies 
    • Ear, nose, and throat ailments
    • Certain skin rashes or infections 
    • Headaches
    • Joint aches and pains
    • Nausea or vomiting

    You could also consider taking advantage of urgent care telemedicine under the following circumstances. 

    • Reviewing your lab or test results
    • Following up on a previous medical visit

    At California Urgent Care Center, offering telemedicine appointments gives us the opportunity to see you whenever you need us. Book a video appointment with us today to chat with a licensed medical professional.

  • How Do I Schedule a Telehealth Appointment?
    To schedule a telehealth appointment, simply click on the ZipPass link on our website homepage. After submitting your information, you will receive a phone call to begin the telehealth appointment registration process. The phone call typically takes place within 15 minutes of you completing the online form.
  • How Much Does Telemedicine and Urgent Care Cost?
    The cost of a telemedicine appointment will vary depending on your health insurance coverage. However, a telemedicine appointment at an urgent care center is much cheaper than the cost of visiting a California emergency room. Emergency room costs will differ depending on the particular hospital you visit. Our urgent care center costs are more streamlined and patient-friendly.
  • Which of Your Locations Offer Telemedicine Appointments?
    You can schedule a telemedicine appointment at all four of our urgent care center locations. Our telemedicine hours of operation are:
    • Lodi – 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. seven days a week
    • Lorraine – 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. seven days a week
    • Pershing – 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. seven days a week
    During a healthcare crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to give patients access to high-quality medical care. If you are feeling unwell, then take advantage of this opportunity. Schedule a telemedicine appointment with California Urgent Care Center today.
  • Why Should I Use Your Telemedicine Urgent Care Services Over Others?

    At California Urgent Care Center, we prioritize providing patients with safe and professional medical services. Our professional staff and licensed providers work extremely hard to prevent long wait times. This applies to both in-person consultations and telemedicine appointments. 

    In most cases, you can receive a telemedicine appointment the same day you request one. This sets us apart from many of our competitors who have limited resources and cannot meet the demands for telehealth during the coronavirus pandemic. 

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