STD Testing & Treatment

Urgent Care for STD Symptoms

If you are experiencing symptoms that might be related to a sexually transmitted infection (STI), schedule an STD screening as soon as possible. We offer walk-in visits and Virtual Visits via video. We are open 7 days a week, with evening and weekend hours, allowing you to conveniently visit any of our locations at a time that works best for you. Get back to comfortable living by seeking STD screening early. 

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What are Sexually Transmitted Diseases & Infections (STDs/STIs)

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs), refer to several different conditions that are passed from one person to another, typically through sexual contact. STDs can be contracted through unprotected oral, vaginal or anal sex. STDs can also be passed by sharing needles.

STD Symptoms

Symptoms of STDs can vary depending on the specific illness. Common symptoms can include:

  • A burning or painful sensation while urinating
  • Rashes, bumps or sores in the genital or buttock area
  • Itching, swelling or pain in the vagina, penis or anus
  • Unusual discharge from the genitals
  • Flu-like symptoms, such as fever, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes or body aches 

While the above symptoms can impact anyone, specific symptoms for men and women can differ. STD symptoms for women can include pain during sex or bleeding from the vagina. STD symptoms for men can include tender or swollen testicles. 

Many of these symptoms can be caused by other illnesses as well. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to get an STD screening to determine the best treatment for you. 

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STD Testing and Screening

At GoHealth Urgent Care we can test for most STDs. Your STD screening begins with a confidential virtual or in-center visit. 

STD testing can vary depending on the type of condition you might have. Additionally, based on other information you share, a provider may recommend an STD test even if you are not experiencing symptoms. 

Some STDs require a blood test, a urine culture or a swab of the area that is then sent out to the lab. Other STDs, like herpes or genital warts, can sometimes be evaluated and diagnosed with only a physical exam. 

We do not offer Pap smears or HPV testing, but we can connect you with an in-network provider who can help. 

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STD Prevention and Treatment Options

The type of treatment you receive for an STD depends on the symptoms and diagnosis.

Infections like chlamydia or syphilis can all be treated with antibiotics. While UTIs, yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis are not STDs, they can be associated with sexual intercourse, and can also be treated with antibiotics. Other STDs, like HIV, herpes or human papillomavirus (HPV), are not curable. Instead, the treatment focuses on reducing symptoms and complications related to the illness.

The best way to avoid STDs is through prevention. The only foolproof preventive measure is abstinence. However, if you are, or plan to be, sexually active, there are many ways to make sex safer for you and your partner. Before having sex, it is important to discuss your sexual history and ask your partner if they have been screened for STDs. 

Condoms or dental dams are great contraceptive options. While the two are not 100% effective, they are among the best ways to reduce the risk of STD transmission during sex. Regular STD screening can also help prevent spreading infections to your partner(s) and lower the risk of further complications. If you are in a monogamous relationship, there is no further spontaneous risk after being screened for STDs. Speak to your provider via a virtual or in-person visit about the best ways to prevent STDs.

Other Conditions GoHealth Urgent Care Treats

At GoHealth Urgent Care we can treat other related conditions as well. Walk-ins or video Virtual Visits are available at all of our convenient locations. We are also open late and on weekends. We screen for and treat:

  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Yeast infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Pelvic pain
  • Testicular pain

Visit our services page for a complete list. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does an STD test take for results?

Most STD tests should come back from the lab within a few days. Speak to your provider about what to expect. 

How much does an STD test cost at urgent care?

The cost of an STD test depends on your insurance. At GoHealth Urgent Care we are in-network with most insurance providers. 

What STDs does GoHealth test for?

GoHealth Urgent Care can test for all STDs. This includes: 

  • Chlamydia
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Genital herpes
  • Syphilis
  • Gonorrhea
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C

Can STDs be cured?

Most STDs can be treated and cured, particularly when caught early. If not treated early, certain medical complications can result.

HIV, HPV and genital herpes are not curable, but can be managed through medical interventions. 

Can you get an STD without having sex?

Yes, you can get an STD from sexual contact other than intercourse or from sharing needles with someone infected or from skin-to-skin contact in some cases. You typically cannot get STDs from casual contact or touching objects or surfaces. 

Do condoms prevent STDs?

Condoms are not 100% effective in preventing STDs, but can greatly lower your risk. Some STDs can be transmitted via skin-to-skin contact that is not completely covered by a condom.

Be sure to avoid sexual contact if rashes, sores or skin changes are present on the skin. You typically cannot get STDs from touching objects or surfaces. 

Does birth control prevent STDs?

No, birth control pills and other devices, like IUDs, do not prevent STDs. These are only intended to prevent pregnancy.