STD Testing Clinics in Kerman, CA
Do you worry your partner may have given you a sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)? Conversely, perhaps you unconsciously transferred to your partner some STDs. Although the thought seems unlikely to you, couple with the fact that you may not notice any symptoms, it’s important to know that many STD symptoms are not detected immediately or symptoms may just negligible. However the long term health effects can be dire. That’s why we here at Valley STD our focus is to bring Kerman residents up-to-date information and confidential, no-hassle STD testing. We have partnered with clinics around Kerman and we are here to provide you with the best care.
Where to get tested for STDs in Kerman
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Importance of Getting Tested for STDs
STDs often have symptoms that mirror other diseases, making it difficult to diagnose if an STD isn’t being looked at specifically. Many STDs are accompanied by flu-like symptoms, such as sore throat, fever, muscle aches, and swollen glands. These confusing symptoms make it easy to mistake a sexually transmitted infection for a cold or flu. Some STDs are completely asymptomatic, meaning they show no symptoms at all. Getting tested for STDs is the only way for a sexually active person to be sure of their STD status and stop the spread of STDs among their sexual partners and beyond.
Common STDs in Kerman, CA
Understanding the risks and knowing the signs and symptoms of common STDs is crucial for any person who is sexually active. That’s why we provide you the basic information about common STDs. Take a look at our “STDs on the Rise” post. Here we go through the infection rates of various STDs across the Central Valley and California as a whole.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) – The most common STI in the U.S., this virus causes genital warts, although the lesions don’t appear in everyone who has HPV. It’s highly contagious and easily transmitted sexually or even by skin-to-skin contact. When genital warts are present, we can usually make a diagnosis from inspection, but additional testing may sometimes be useful, and can include biopsy or colposcopy in women.
Gonorrhea and Chlamydia – These infections are very common and are often grouped together because they’re screened for at the same time. The infection can be missed, particularly in women because the bacteria that cause them doesn’t always create symptoms. Infections are caused by oral, anal, or genital contact with someone else who has an infection.
“The latest statistics from the Department of Health Care Services indicate that Fresno County has the highest rate of chlamydia in the state, despite initiatives to lower its rate of sexually transmitted infections.”
Syphilis – Syphilis is a bacterial infection passed from one person to another by oral, anal, or genital contact with infectious but painless sores that are present during the initial stages of the infection.
Herpes – There are two strains of the herpes virus: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 has traditionally been associated with oral herpes (cold sores) and type 2 with genital herpes, but recent research has shown that most genital infections are also caused by type 1. A person may have either strain of the virus but never show any symptoms, or may have an “outbreak” with painful sores near his or her mouth, genitals, or anus. Herpes is most commonly transmitted via contact with infectious sores, but in some cases can be transmitted when the infected person has no symptoms at all. Because a person can be contagious even though no lesions are present, taking precautions only when there are visible lesions may not prevent spread of the infection to the partner.
HIV – This viral infection is transmitted via blood (e.g, in intravenous drug abusers who share needles with infected persons) or sexually, by having unprotected anal or vaginal sex. Very rarely, it can be transmitted by contact with other body fluids.
Hepatitis B – Hepatitis B is also a viral infection, transmitted by blood or semen, that can cause liver disease.
Hepatitis C – Hepatitis C is a viral infection that is transmitted most commonly through contact with blood or through skin exposure (e.g., sharing needles or coming into contact with an open wound or sore). Very uncommonly, hepatitis C can be contracted by having sex with someone who has hepatitis C; the risk is about 1 transmission per 190,000 sexual occurrences. This infection can cause chronic liver disease and liver cancer.
Best doctors for STDs in Kerman, Ca
We want to make sure you know how important is to get tested. So that you can protect yourself, your partner(s) and to stay informed. Getting a diagnosis can alert you to an infection you may not know you had (e.g. many people hepatitis C, probably about 1 million in the U.S., have no idea they have been infected), or that may have long-term effects like infertility. We care about your privacy, but we also want to give you the best care in Kerman. Contact us to schedule your appointment or order online anonymous test. We are there for you for all the information you need.
Kerman, CA 93630
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