Winter Park STD/STI Testing: What To Expect From Your AppointmentMarch 23, 2022 2022-03-08 3:44
Winter Park STD/STI Testing: What To Expect From Your Appointment
Anyone can be exposed to a STD/STI (Sexually Transmitted Disease/Sexually Transmitted Infection). Testing is the best way to take care of you and your partner(s). At Hope & Help, our prevention team and medical providers are here to help!
Our #1 Priority Is You!
STDs/STIs are common and most are curable. What’s important is knowing you’ve got a STD/STI and getting the right treatment ASAP. At Hope & Help, we use Talk, Test, Treat to address STDs/STIs:
- Talk: Contact Hope & Help to talk and educate yourself about STDs/STIs
- Test: Get tested frequently and learn ways to prevent acquiring a STD/STI
- Treat: Get treated as soon as you are diagnosed, if you do acquire a STD/STI
When Do I Need To Be Tested?
If you’re sexually active, STD/STI testing helps you to stay healthy and puts you in control of your health. Testing is really common and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) says that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 should be tested at least every year for HIV, with additional screenings for others depending on their situations.
If You Don’t Test, You Don’t Know
Lots of people get tested once or twice a year, others test whenever they have a new partner, and some test less often if they are taking a break from sex or are with only one partner. It’s a good idea to talk to your healthcare provider and see what they recommend! Get tested if:
- You have sex with someone, and you think they might have an STI/STD
- You have sex with someone that you know has an STI/STD
- You’re experiencing unusual or concerning symptoms
What Should I Expect From My Winter Park STD/STI Testing Appointment?
At Hope & Help, we provide free rapid testing for HIV, syphilis, and Hepatitis C with results in as little as 15 minutes. We provide full panel testing by appointment at our medical clinic. These tests screen for a wide range of STDs/STIs, including:
- Hepatitis C
- And more
Once you arrive for your appointment, you’ll go to a private exam room where our healthcare professionals will discuss your visit and get your information.
Our #1 priority is providing a respectful, judgment-free zone so you can feel comfortable with your doctor and other healthcare providers. It’s important that you are honest with us. Your dignity and health are important and there is no shame or judgment when you share your sexual and personal history – including information about your partners, drug use, and other related details. Your honesty helps us tailor your testing and treatment plans.
There are a variety of screenings used during Hope & Help’s STD/STI testing in Winter Park, including blood tests, urine tests, and swab tests. Your provider may conduct an external exam if they need to.
The type of tests conducted will determine when you get your results. Rapid test results take about 15 minutes while other tests may take several days to a week in some cases. Our team will tell you exactly what to expect and will be in close contact with you while you wait for your results.If you don’t know your STD/STI status, it’s time to make an appointment at our Winter Park clinic. Contact us today. We care about you!