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At Cermak Immediate Care, we provide confidential STI testing and treatment services in Chicago, including our Cicero and Roseland locations. Understanding sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and the importance of timely diagnosis and management is crucial for maintaining sexual health and preventing the transmission of these infections.

Understanding Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

STIs are infections transmitted through sexual contact, including vaginal, anal, and oral sex. They can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites, and can affect various parts of the body. Some common STIs include:

  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia
  • Herpes
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) causing genital warts
  • Syphilis

While many STIs can be asymptomatic, meaning they do not show symptoms, they can still cause serious health issues and be transmitted to others. Some STIs can lead to complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or even acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) if not properly managed.

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When to Get Tested for STIs

Regular STI testing is essential for anyone who is sexually active, especially if you:

  • Have a new sexual partner
  • Have multiple sexual partners
  • Are pregnant
  • Share needles or other drug paraphernalia
  • Experience symptoms like irritation or unusual discharge

It is recommended that sexually active women under 25, as well as sexually active gay and bisexual men, undergo annual testing for gonorrhea and chlamydia. Additionally, everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 should be tested at least once for HIV.

STI Testing Methods

Testing for STIs may involve different methods depending on the infection:

  • Swab Tests: Used primarily for detecting infections like gonorrhea and chlamydia.
  • Blood Tests: Necessary for diagnosing infections such as HIV, syphilis, and herpes.
  • Urinalysis: Used for detecting certain STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhea.

Treatment of STIs

The treatment for STIs varies based on the type of infection:

  • Bacterial Infections: Conditions like syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia are typically treated with antibiotics. It is crucial to complete the full course of treatment, even if symptoms disappear, to fully eradicate the infection.
  • Viral Infections: While some viral infections such as herpes and HIV cannot be cured, they can be managed with antiviral medications to control symptoms and reduce the risk of transmission.
  • Parasitic Infections: These can usually be treated with specific medications depending on the parasite responsible for the infection.

Following treatment, it’s important to abstain from sexual activity until cleared by a healthcare provider to prevent the spread of the infection.

Schedule Your STI Testing Today

If you are concerned about STIs or wish to maintain your sexual health, schedule an appointment at Cermak Immediate Care. Our team provides discreet and professional STI testing and treatment to ensure you receive the care you need. Protect yourself and others by staying informed and proactive about your sexual health.

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Convenient Locations and Accessibility

Located near major expressways and well-connected by public transport, our clinics in Cicero, Chicago, Roseland, Hoffman Estates, and Rolling Meadows are easily accessible. We cater to the needs of our community by offering flexible visiting hours, including walk-in options and the ability to schedule appointments online or by phone. This ensures that you can receive care when it suits you best.

Cicero

Cermak Immediate Care

5741 W Cermak Rd
Cicero IL 60804

Chicago

Cermak Immediate Care

2408 W Cermak Rd
Chicago IL 60608

Roseland

Cermak Immediate Care

134 W 111th St Floor 2
Chicago IL 60628

Hoffman Estates

Rapid Immediate Care

925 N Roselle Rd
Hoffman Estates IL 60169

Rolling Meadows

NewMed Immediate Care

1669 W. Algonquin Rd
Rolling Meadows IL 60008