If you feel that you have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease, or a STD, you should get tested immediately to find out if you are actually infected. Waiting too long can be very dangerous, and you could be in the position of spreading the disease if you are infected. Symptoms don’t manifest right away with most STDs, so you should lean to the safe side and get tested.
There are over 100 San Francisco STD testing center in the San Francisco area, located for your convenience, and all of the centers are modern, state-of-the-art facilities with the most up-to-date trained staff and equipment. The test is a very simple blood draw from your arm, like when you give blood at the blood bank. Your test results will be available within three business days.
All of your information, including the results of the test are completely confidential, and are shared with no one, unless you give your permission in writing. If your test is positive, you will be offered a free consult with a doctor to be advised as to a course of treatment as well as be prescribed any medication needed to cure you.
It is important to be aware of the consequences of not treating STDs, as they can become dangerous, and in some cases, life threatening, if left untreated. Syphilis, for example, if not treated, can lead to brain damage, severe heart problems, mental illness, blindness, sterility, severe bodily pain, and even death. These are not diseases to be taken lightly.
On the other hand, most of the bacterial infections can be cured in the early stages with antibiotics, and the viral infections, can’t be cured, but can be managed. These would be herpes and HIV.
The STDs that are tested for are syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, HIV, HPV, and other genital infections. Gonorrhea in women rarely show any symptoms at all, until a more severe infection manifests, and all the while the disease can be spread while she is infected.
Although it is not required, it is recommended that partners be notified by the infected individuals about positive results, so that they too can come in and receive treatment. If the partner is unaware, then they will be spreading the STD and will be vulnerable to further, far worse manifestations of the STD.
Knowledge of STDs is important, and the more knowledge people have, the better they are able to manage their situatiion.