Women’s Health

Can a UTI Go Away on Its Own?

Can a UTI Go Away on Its Own?

Can a UTI Go Away on Its Own?A UTI—or urinary tract infection—is a very common bacterial infection that can cause painful and burning urination, a frequent urge to urinate, and overall discomfort. If you’ve ever had a UTI, you know just how unpleasant these infections can be. So, you may be wondering—can a UTI go away on its own, or should you always seek treatment from a medical professional?

Here’s the short answer: It depends, but it’s best to play it safe. Some people may be able to remedy a very minor UTI by drinking plenty of water and urinating frequently, but antibiotics are typically necessary to clear the infection and treat symptoms. If you try to wait it out, the infection (and its symptoms) may worsen and travel to the kidneys, which is a more serious medical issue.

Overall, it’s wise to visit a medical professional if you are displaying UTI symptoms. Testing for a UTI is simple, and one round of antibiotics is usually all that’s necessary to treat an infection. Taking probiotic supplements, staying hydrated, and practicing good hygiene habits once your infection has cleared can help you avoid UTIs in the future.

UTI Treatment at Affinity Urgent Care

Affinity Urgent Care provides convenient and affordable urgent medical services for a variety of non-life-threatening health concerns, including UTIs. Our walk-in clinics in La Marque, Galveston, and Alvin, Texas, are equipped with clinical labs that allow us to quickly diagnose patients and prescribe appropriate medications.

Finding relief from UTI pain is easier than you may think! Visit Affinity Urgent Care today—we have extended hours and do not require appointments.

Chlamydia Testing

Do I Need a Chlamydia Test?


Chlamydia Test

Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD or STI) that can affect men and women. This bacterial STD may be spread through vaginal, anal, or oral sex, and can even be transferred to a baby during childbirth if the mother is infected. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 2 million chlamydial infections were reported in the United States in 2017.

You may believe that a chlamydia test is only necessary if you are showing signs of an infection, but did you know that chlamydia usually doesn’t cause obvious symptoms? If symptoms do appear, they are often mild or may not become noticeable for several weeks. Here is a brief overview of chlamydia symptoms in men and women:

In men:

  • Burning sensations while urinating
  • Discharge from the penis
  • Swollen or painful testicles
  • Rectal pain, discharge, or bleeding

In women:

  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Pain or burning sensations while urinating
  • Bleeding in between periods
  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Rectal pain, discharge, or bleeding

It is important to promptly receive a chlamydia test if you are displaying any of these symptoms. If you don’t have symptoms but are sexually active, you should be tested at least once every year.

Am I at Risk?

Anyone who is sexually active is at risk of acquiring chlamydia, but the CDC recommends more frequent chlamydia testing (every three to six months) for the following groups:

  • Sexually active men and women under the age of 25 with multiple partners
  • Men who have sexual intercourse with other men
  • Men or women with a partner who may be infected or have multiple other partners
  • Men or women who do not wear condoms

It is also important to receive a chlamydia test if you are pregnant.

What Does Chlamydia Treatment Involve?

Chlamydia is treated through antibiotics, with dosing dependent on the severity of the infection. Many infections only take a few weeks to resolve, however, it is important to abstain from sex until the infection has completely cleared. It is also important to seek prompt treatment if you are a woman, as chlamydia can severely damage your reproductive system if it is left unaddressed.

Chlamydia Testing at Affinity Urgent Care

Affinity Urgent Care is pleased to provide a full spectrum of walk-in STD testing, including tests for chlamydia. Our fully equipped urgent care centers in La Marque, Alvin, and Galveston, Texas, are led by experienced practitioners who can perform chlamydia tests and process the results in our onsite clinical labs. Furthermore, you can consider us a safe place to voice any concerns you may have, find answers to your sexual health questions, and learn safer sex practices that can help keep you happy and healthy.

To learn more about chlamydia testing at Affinity Urgent Care, contact us today or simply visit us when it’s convenient for your busy schedule. We accept most major health insurance plans and offer affordable self-pay rates. Our team looks forward to helping you achieve your best health!


What is Truvada?

What is Truvada?

Truvada for PrEP® (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is an exciting breakthrough in HIV-1 prevention. This first-of-its-kind, FDA-approved prescription medication can help reduce your risk of HIV-1 infection from sexual contact when taken daily and combined with safe sex practices. With Truvada, you’ll be able to worry less and enjoy more peace of mind.

Truvada is a once-daily pill that can be taken with or without food. For maximum protection against infection, do not miss any doses.

What Are the Side Effects of Truvada?

As with most other medications, Truvada is associated with some mild side effects. These may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Headache
  • Weight loss

Rarely, serious side effects such as lactic acidosis, liver and kidney problems, an increased risk of bone fractures, and worsening of hepatitis B may occur. Before taking Truvada, be sure to tell your healthcare provider about any kidney or liver conditions you have. Your provider may suggest performing routine lab work while you are taking Truvada.

Is Truvada Right for Me?

The decision to take Truvada is a personal one, but there are some limitations that will impact whether or not it’s right for you. For example, Truvada patients should:

  • Weigh at least 77 pounds
  • Be HIV-negative
  • Receive HIV-1 testing at least every three months and be aware of their partners’ HIV status

Patients who are HIV-positive or are unsure of their HIV status should not take Truvada. If you become HIV positive, you will require additional medications to treat your infection. Truvada alone cannot treat HIV, nor can it prevent other STDs or pregnancy. To reduce your risk of acquiring HIV, use latex or polyurethane condoms and avoid sexual contact with individuals who have an untreated STD.

Visit Affinity Urgent Care for Truvada

Affinity Urgent Care is pleased to offer Truvada to patients at our fully equipped immediate care centers in La Marque, Alvin, and Galveston, Texas. Our team includes highly experienced physicians and other medical practitioners who can evaluate your risks, outline the benefits of Truvada, and determine whether or not it is right for you. We also provide discreet and confidential STD testing onsite to help make patients aware of their sexual health. Our urgent care centers are safe and convenient places to discuss STD symptoms, individual risks, and safer sex practices with experienced medical professionals who can provide the answers you need.

Why Choose Us?

In addition to our comprehensive STD testing and prevention services, Affinity Urgent Care offers several other advantages to patients. Consider that our centers:

  • Have extended hours every day and do not require appointments
  • Keep wait times brief and offer a simple online check-in system to streamline your visit
  • Are in-network with all major health insurance providers, including Medicare and Medicaid, and offer reduced rates to self-pay patients.

Contact Affinity Urgent Care today to learn more about Truvada and our approach to treatment. Or, just stop by when it works for your busy schedule. We look forward to helping you achieve your best health.

What Are the Most Common STD Symptoms?

What Are the Most Common STD Symptoms?

One of the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) symptoms is no symptoms at all. It’s true! Some STDs—also referred to as sexually transmitted infections (STIs)—do not cause obvious symptoms in their initial stages or ever. That’s why it’s so important to receive STD testing on a routine basis if you are sexually active.

With that said, several STDs do cause noticeable symptoms. The following is a list of symptoms that are associated with some of the most common STDs:


Men are more likely to experience gonorrhea (“clap”) symptoms than women. These symptoms may include:

  • Burning or painful urination
  • Swollen or painful testicles
  • Unusual penile discharge

If a woman does experience gonorrhea symptoms, they are often mild and may involve:

  • Unusual bleeding or vaginal discharge
  • Pain during sex
  • Abdominal pain

Genital Herpes

Genital herpes (herpes simplex virus) often does not have noticeable symptoms. When it does, they are usually mild and may include:

  • Pain or itching around the genital area and thighs
  • Ulcers and scabs
  • Small white blisters or red bumps
  • Flu-like symptoms


Syphilis is a particularly complex, contagious, and serious STD that warrants prompt medical attention. With syphilis, one symptom may heal on its own only to be followed by the development of a new symptom. Be sure to quickly speak with a medical professional if you notice any of the following:

  • Small, painless sores around the genital area or mouth
  • A rose-colored rash on the palms of the hands or bottom of the feet
  • Wart-like growths around the genital area
  • White patches on the inside of the mouth
  • Fever and swollen lymph nodes

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

HPV is the most common STD in the United States. There are often no noticeable symptoms, but warts may sometimes develop around the genital area. These warts may appear as small flesh-colored, red, or pink growths. Itchiness and bleeding may sometimes occur.


Chlamydia does not cause noticeable symptoms in most cases. When it does, here’s what it may involve.

In men:

  • Painful urination
  • Clear or cloudy penile discharge
  • Itching and burning
  • Swollen or painful testicles

In women:

  • Abnormal bleeding or vaginal discharge
  • Unusually painful periods
  • Pain during sex
  • Painful urination
  • Fever with abdominal pain
  • Itching and burning

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a serious infection of the liver that requires timely medical treatment. Its symptoms include:

  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
  • Brown or orange urine or light-colored bowel movements
  • Fatigue that lasts for several weeks
  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite


An infection caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can progress to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) over the course of about 10 years if the initial infection is left untreated. The symptoms of HIV/AIDS can vary significantly depending on the phase of the disease. During the initial HIV infection, the following symptoms may persist for a few weeks:

  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Swollen neck lymph nodes
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Rashes
  • Painful mouth sores
  • Sore throat

As HIV progresses and attacks more immune cells, symptoms may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Shingles
  • Oral yeast infection

Finally, if AIDS develops, the following symptoms may occur:

  • Frequent fevers
  • Heavy night sweats
  • Lingering fatigue
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Skin rashes and bumps
  • Abnormal white spots in your mouth

It’s important to note that men who have sexual intercourse with other men are more likely to be diagnosed with an STD and should be particularly mindful to receive regular STD testing. In these cases, symptoms may also develop around the rectum.

STD Testing and Treatment at Affinity Urgent Care

Affinity Urgent Care is a safe place to receive confidential STD testing, learn about safer sex practices, and find answers to all of your questions. We can also provide treatment for some STDs and will direct you to a specialist if we can’t. Our fully equipped immediate care centers in La Marque, Alvin, and Galveston, Texas, are led by experienced medical practitioners who provide compassionate and personalized care. And, with extended hours every day and no appointments required, you can stop by when it works best for your busy schedule.

Other Resources

Guide From STDtesting.org

Truvada for HIV Prevention

Affinity Urgent Care is pleased to offer Truvada for PrEP® (pre-exposure prophylaxis). This first-of-its-kind pill is designed to help reduce the risk of acquiring HIV-1 through sexual contact when combined with safe sex practices.

If you would like to learn more information about Truvada or our STD testing services, contact our friendly team at Affinity Urgent Care today. Or, just stop by when it’s convenient for you. We accept all major health insurance plans and offer reduced rates to self-pay patients.

Who should have the well woman exam?

It is important that you have exams regularly so that any problems you may have can be treated early, when they are easier to cure and have caused less damage.

  • If you are sexually active or over the age of 18, you should have a well woman exam once every year.
  • You may need more frequent exams if you plan to become pregnant soon, have a history of sexual health problems, or have a mother or sister who developed breast cancer before menopause.
  • You should have an exam immediately if you detect a lump or other unusual change in your breast or have symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease (see Sexually Transmitted Disease).
  • You should have an exam before starting on hormone therapy if you are menopausal.
  • You should have an exam immediately if you are experiencing bleeding outside of your normal menstrual period.

Now offering Well Woman exams

This exam is offered to women or female-identified individuals to discuss health history and reproductive health care needs, and may include a physical exam

Weight and blood pressure check, clinical breast exam, optional pelvic exam and various tests for sexually transmitted infections.  Women 21 and over will be offered a pap smear every 1-3 years, depending on age.

Who gets one and when should they start?

Any woman can schedule this appointment, pending eligibility for services at CHS.

How often do I need to get a Well Woman’s Exam?

Every 1-3 years.

How much does the exam cost?

The student fee covers unlimited visits to Campus Health Services, but procedures and lab tests sent out of the building are dependent on insurance coverage.

What is the difference between a pap smear and a Well Woman’s Exam?

The Women’s Exam is done to check your overall physical health and the pap smear screens for cervical cancer. A pap smear is often done as part of a Well Woman’s Exam.

Why is it important to have a Well Woman’s Exam regularly?

Regular examinations encourage and promote healthy living and prevention of common illnesses. Yearly visits to review personal and family risk factors provide opportunity to discuss future family planning.

Where can I get a Well Woman’s Exam?

A Well Woman’s Exam is offered at Campus Health Service throughout the year. Other community clinics and the UNC Hospital do offer similar routine exams (cost dependent on your insurance).

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