Get Yourself Tested: Free STD Testing in April
By Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin | April 16, 2019, 2:26 p.m.
GYT: Get Yourself Tested is a national campaign that takes place in April during sexually transmitted disease (STD) awareness month.
As a part of GYT, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is offering free testing for some of the most common STDs at all of their health centers!
STD tests are generally quick, simple, and painless, and getting tested is confidential. Most of the time, STDs have no symptoms. Testing is the only way to know if you have an STD. So, if you’ve had vaginal, anal, or oral sex, talk to a doctor or nurse about getting tested.
If you’ve had sexual contact with another person and notice any signs of an STD, it is important to get tested. STD symptoms can come and go over time, but that doesn’t mean the STD is gone. Some STD symptoms to be mild, but it is still important to see your health care provider if something feels off. Take this quiz to find out if it’s time for you to get tested.
Different STDs have different symptoms. Signs of STDs include:
- Burning when you pee or having to pee a lot
- Sores or bumps on and around your genital, thighs, or butt cheeks
- Weird discharge from your vagina or penis
- Itching, pain, irritation and/or swelling in your penis, vagina, vulva, or anus
- Flu-like symptoms like fever, body aches, swollen glands, and feeling tired
All of these symptoms can be caused by things that aren’t STDs. So, getting tested is the only way to know for sure what’s going on. Talk with your health care provider about what your symptoms are, what kind of sex you’ve had, and whether you use protection. They’ll help you figure out what kinds of testing or treatment you may need. To make an appointment at a Planned Parenthood health center near you or to find more information about STDs, visit ppwi.org.
It’s really important to get tested if you think you may have an STD, because some STDs can cause serious health problems if left untreated. Also, having an STD makes you more likely to get other STDs, like HIV. It’s best to find out right away if you have an STD, so you can avoid giving it to other people.
All STDs are treatable, and many are curable. So, the sooner you know if you have an STD, the faster you can start taking care of yourself and your partner(s).