std testing treatment kent ohio

There is nothing more terrifying and embarrassing than suspecting you have a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Also referred to as STIs, or sexually transmitted infections, they are treatable if you get the right help. At AxessPointe Community Health Center in Kent, Ohio, we can test and treat many STDs confidentially. You never need to feel scared, worried or ashamed here. We are here to help and make sure you are happy and healthy. If you need STD testing and treatment in Kent, Ohio, please call us today to schedule an appointment.

What are STDs?

STDs are infections specifically spread through sexual intercourse, including vaginal, anal and oral sex. While STDs are common among sexually active people, it is important that you get treatment if you have one. Sometimes it can be difficult to know you have an STD, as many don’t show any symptoms. However, if left untreated, they can lead to serious health problems.

Getting tested following unprotected sex is your best defense against STDs, as testing is easy and accessible at AxessPointe Community Health Centers.

What types of STDs exist?

There are several known STDs.Here is some information about each type:

Bacterial infection that does not often have symptoms. It is common and easy to treat.

Derived from certain strains of HPV, small bumps appear on the genitals and anus.

Bacterial infection that does not often have symptoms. It is common and easy to treat.

Spread through sex or seemingly harmless actions like sharing personal hygiene products (toothbrush, razor, etc.), this virus can go on to cause liver disease.

This virus attacks the liver if not treated properly and can be contracted through contaminated needles, sharing items with infected blood on them or through sexual intercourse.

Blistery sores appear in the mouth and on the genitals. While there is no cure, the symptoms are treatable.

HIV is an infection that preys on your immune system and can eventually lead to AIDS. There is no cure, but symptoms can be managed.

Also known as HPV, this infection is often harmless and is resolved without treatment. However, some strains can lead to cervical cancer.

This common bacterial infection is easily diagnosed and treated, but can be dangerous if left untreated.

Also referred to as Trich, this infection is a common cause of vaginitis and can be easily treated with medication.

What are the symptoms of STDs?

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, set up an appointment at your Kent, Ohio, location to be tested:

  • Sores or bumps on your genitals or anus
  • Odor or foul discharge from your vagina or penis
  • A burning sensation when you pee
  • Itching, pain or irritation in your genitals or anus

How do I get tested for STDs?

Most STDs are simple to test for and treat, although there is no one test to confirm all infections.

At AxessPointe in Kent, Ohio, we test for the following STDs: Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Hep B, Hep C, HIV, Syphilis and Trichomoniasis. Our caring team will help you determine which tests may be necessary—without judgement—so please be open and honest about your sexual activities. Our only goal is to keep you healthy.

If you are asking, “How does testing for STDs work?” they are usually quick and painless. During testing, you may need to provide:

  • Urine test
  • Cheek swab
  • Blood test
  • Physical exam
  • Sore swab
  • Vaginal or penis swab

If you test positive for an STD, there are a few factors regarding treatment. AxessPointe in Kent can treat you for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Trichomoniasis. Hep B and Hep C may require a visit to a gastroenterologist or hepatologist, and Syphilis is treated by the health department. Finally, Infection Control needs to be alerted to positive HIV results and will help you treat the disease.

How do I avoid STDs?

Wearing a condom during all types of sexual intercourse is the best way to avoid STDs. It is also important to be tested regularly if you have multiple sexual partners or are not in a monogamous relationship with your partner.

You Can Trust AxessPointe With Your Health Needs

It is important to reiterate that all STD testing and treatment in our Kent location is absolutely confidential and performed without judgement. We are ready and able to test for STDs and will point you in the right direction for treatment, should you need it. Do not hesitate to stop in or give us a call at 330-673-1016.