Why You Need to Go to an ER in Everett for Your STD Tests
The CDC says a woman who has been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) should go to the doctor’s office if she has symptoms that make her sick.
That means she should also get tested at her local clinic, where there are fewer STIs than in the city, and the county health department.
But even if the woman is diagnosed with another STD, that does not mean she should go there.
The CDC points to a number of factors that may make her or him ineligible to go to an STD clinic in the community.
“The risk of infection is greater in a rural setting,” says Dr. John P. McBride, an epidemiologist with the CDC.
So, while a woman may have been diagnosed as infected by a male or female in the past, that diagnosis may not be a reliable indication of whether she’s infected.
“There’s a risk that you’re not getting the correct diagnosis,” McBride says.
“We can’t say that there’s any way to avoid getting an STI, but we can say that you probably shouldn’t go to that location.”
The CDC also recommends that a woman be screened by a medical professional for the same STIs that she was tested for.
That includes HPV (human papillomavirus), gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV.
But that doesn’t mean she has to be screened in the ER, which can be a risky place to be.
“When it comes to testing for STIs, it’s not a good idea to just go to a clinic,” McBridge says.
And even if you do get an STD, you can get a new one in your community.
A woman who is sexually active in a neighborhood where there is a higher prevalence of STIs can be at risk of getting a sexually-transmitted infection.
That’s because STIs spread between people.
The more STIs you have, the more likely it is that you’ll contract a new infection.
“You could get an infection that you can’t get the other way around,” McBriars says.
And that can be deadly.
“If you have a history of sexual contact with someone who has a STD, it increases your risk of contracting the STD from that person,” McBrains says.
So the CDC says that if you or a loved one has an STD and you think it’s likely to get you sick, you should go see a doctor.
And if you can, get tested for STI before you go.
But if you have other STIs but have not been tested yet, you are still at risk.