Free STD Tests in Colorado SpringsIf you suspect you may have a sexually transmitted disease or infection, we offer free STD testing. Please contact our centers in Colorado Springs for more information.
There are at least 20 different STDs (or STIs - Sexually Transmitted Infections). Some of the most common in the United States are:
- Chlamydia is an infection caused by bacteria. In men, it causes burning during urination. In women, it can cause infection of the cervix as well as a pelvic infection.
- Genital Herpes is also an infection that causes skin blisters and sores in the genital area. Some people can have the infection without any visible symptoms.
- Genital Warts or Human Papillomavirus are skin growths around the genitals or anus.
- Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection and is often found in the genital area, even though it can appear in other areas.
- Hepatitis B is a virus that impacts the liver.
- Syphilis is an infection that often appears as a painless sore on the genitals, rectal area, or mouth.
- Trichomoniasis is an infection caused by a parasite.
- HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.
Should I get tested?
If you experience STD symptoms contact us, or your doctor, as soon as possible. Consider getting a free STD test if you have had unprotected sex. Testing will put your mind at ease and you will know whether your sexual partner needs to be treated.
How do I know which tests to request?
Unfortunately, there isn't a test that encompasses all STDs. We will discuss any symptoms you may be experiencing, any over-the-counter medicines you have been taking for the symptoms, and your sexual preferences.
What does the testing involve?
There are various tests, depending your symptoms. A urine sample is taken for the Chlamydia and gonorrhea tests and a blood sample will be taken for the HIV test.
Free STD Tests - How to Prepare for your Test
When you suspect you may have an STD, do not have sexual contact until you know for sure you do not have an infection or virus. Women should not douche because it changes the bacteria balance. This will impact the results of your test.
If you have questions about STDs, the testing process, or about your appointment, we are happy to answer your questions. Contact us or visit one of our centers in Colorado Springs.