If you live in the Arlington area and feel that you may have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease, they you should definitely be tested, whether or not you are displaying any symptoms. Most STDs do not show much in the way of any symptoms for the first week to four weeks.
The Adult Health Services of Tarrant County and the surrounding area identifies and treats more STD in Tarrant County than any other healthcare provider other than Priority who specializes in Arlington STD testing and has helped hundreds of people.
You can call and set an appointment and be assured that all of your information and test results will be kept in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with anyone else without your written consent.
STDs are caused by bacteria or viruses and can be eliminated or controlled. chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and other bacterial infections can be treated and cured with antibiotics. Usually only one visit to the clinic is required. Such diseases as genital warts, herpes, or HIV can be treated and the disease can be controlled and managed, but it cannot be cured.
The biggest problem that any medical facility has is getting information out to the people. Many people are simply not aware of the seriousness of some of these STDs if they are not treated.
For example, syphilis, if left in an untreated condition can cause blindness, severe brain damage, severe heart problems, sterility, severe pain, and even death.
We live in a society where people act first and then worry about the accountability and results later. Sometimes later is too late, and the repercussions can be serious. Since many of the STDs show little or no symptoms for up to a week to four weeks, a person can infect people while they have the disease, and no one will know it.
The spread of STDs occur through the intimate sexual practice of intercourse and other sexual acts that would cause the bacteria and viruses that cause the STDs to come into contact with the infected person’s partner. Then once the new person is infected, if he or she comes into contact with another sexual partner, the disease is spread once again.
When people have knowledge of these facts, they can use condoms that will offset much of the exposure, with the exception of skin on skin contact, such as the herpes virus.
Even so, protected sex can go a long way in diminishing the spread of STDs.