Undergoing HIV testing is an important step in taking control of your sexual health and protecting your sexual partners. There is a misconception that testing is only for a select group of people, but in reality, everyone between the ages of 13 and 65 should be tested at least once in their lives. HIV testing can be performed quickly and confidentially in an urgent care center, so you can get the answers you want without even having to make an appointment with your primary care doctor. Some people may also benefit from more frequent HIV testing. If you’ve already had a negative test, you may need to be retested in these circumstances:
You have shared needles or other drug paraphernalia.
Sharing needles when injecting drugs can potentially expose you to blood from someone else. If that person has HIV, the virus could be transmitted to you via the shared needle. Although many people are aware of the potential of transmitting the virus via shared needles, what you may not know is that sharing other items, such as water or cotton used when taking drugs, can also be dangerous. If you have shared any drug paraphernalia that could have exposed you to blood from another person, you should consider getting tested.
You have had multiple sexual partners.
Having multiple sexual partners increases your risk of contracting all forms of STDs, including HIV. Your risk can be elevated further if you are a man who has had sex with another man, you’ve been treated for other STDs, or you’ve traded sex for drugs or money. You should also consider testing if your sexual partner has engaged in any of these behaviors.
You have had sex with someone who is HIV positive.
Having sex with someone who is HIV positive doesn’t mean that you have definitely contracted the virus, but it is possible. Even if you used protection, if you have had intercourse with someone who is HIV positive, you should get tested.
Paramount Urgent Care offers confidential HIV testing. Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. Please visit our website for a location near you ParamountUrgentCare.com or call (352) 674-9218.
Paramount Urgent Care is a leading provider of urgent care services, and we have 4 fully-equipped locations where our knowledgeable staff provides patients with prompt care in a comfortable environment. Also, our STD and HIV testing services are always 100% confidential, so you can feel comfortable knowing that we prioritize both your wellness and your privacy.
STDs and HIV can have a serious impact on your health, and they are also contagious. Because of this, it’s important to undergo testing if you suspect that you have one of these diseases. We provide confidential testing for:
- Bacterial vaginosis
- Herpes types 1 and 2
- Hepatitis A, B, C
Paramount Urgent Care has walk-in clinics in Orlando, Clermont, Oviedo, and Lady Lake where we offer everything from routine health care to non-life threatening urgent care. If you would like to learn more about our locations or confidential STD and HIV testing services, then please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com.
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is much more treatable than it used to be, but getting early treatment for this life-threatening disease requires an accurate, timely diagnosis. HIV testing is a sensitive issue, and many people feel a little awkward about getting tested. However, when you visit a walk-in clinic, you can rest assured that your personal information will be kept in strict confidence.
Am I at risk of HIV infection?
This is a good question to discuss with your doctor during a physical exam. If you’re at risk of getting HIV, your doctor will let you know how often you should get tested. Some of these risk factors include:
- A history of multiple sexual partners
- Sexual intercourse between two men
- A history of other STDs
- A history of hepatitis or tuberculosis
- Injected drug use and sharing of drug paraphernalia
- Sexual intercourse with someone who has any risk factors
- Sexual intercourse with someone whose medical history is unknown
- Sexual assault
I’m not at a higher risk. Should I still get tested?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 to have at least one confidential HIV test at some point during their lifetime, as roughly one in seven people in the country have HIV without knowing it.
Can I get tested even if I’m pregnant?
Doctors recommend that all pregnant women get tested for HIV, even if they think they aren’t at risk. If a woman is HIV-positive, getting treatment as soon as possible can reduce the risk of passing the infection to the baby.
I think I’ve been exposed to HIV. Can I get tested right away?
Unfortunately, the tests currently available cannot detect HIV right away. For most patients, it takes three to 12 weeks to develop detectable antibodies to the virus. However, you can see a doctor at any time for medical guidance and to find out when you should get tested.
When it’s time to get tested, you deserve compassionate, personalized care delivered by friendly professionals. For more information, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com.
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