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Interval testing

The best way to protect yourself (and your partners) is to stay on top of your testing, and sometimes annual testing isn’t enough. The CDC suggests interval testing. Testing at intervals ⁠— as often as every 3-6 months ⁠— may benefit you if you:

  • Are a sexually active gay man

  • Are bisexual

  • Have multiple sexual partners

  • Have anonymous sexual partners

  • Practice unsafe sex

Note: Remember these are just guidelines, and one of our compassionate health care providers can discuss the specifics of interval testing with you.

Special circumstance screening

Sometimes situations arise that require you to have an STD test outside of the annual or interval schedule. Special circumstances include pregnancy (all expectant mothers must receive an STD panel during their pregnancy), starting to date a new partner, or developing symptoms that mimic an STD.

Treating STDs and keeping your follow-up appointments

Although it can be unnerving to discuss STDs, rest assured that our doctors and staff members can help you feel at ease when discussing your routine STD panels. Not only can we provide testing, but we can also treat underlying infections. We walk you through the appropriate follow-up actions in compliance with the CDC such as:

  • Taking medication as directed

  • Scheduling repeat tests within three months to make sure the infections have cleared

  • Tips for talking to your partner

  • Tips for preventing STDs

At Primary Care Walk-in Medical Clinic, we’re happy to provide primary care services (including STD tests), and if you’re overdue for a test, we’re here to make sure you get the care you need. Call to request an appointment at one of our two Arizona locations in Gilbert and Fountain Hills, or try our convenient online booking tool.

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