STD Testing at PhysicianOne Urgent Care
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are passed from one person to another, typically through sexual contact. Also known as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), STDs may be passed during sexual activity involving contact with the sexual organs, mouth, or other intimate parts of the body. STDs are common, with as many as 20 million new cases occurring annually in the United States. While wearing a condom during sex reduces the risk of transmission, some STDs are transmitted through simple skin-to-skin contact.
STDs do not always result in noticeable symptoms. For this reason, anyone who is sexually active should consider getting tested for STDs to rule out ongoing infection. Virtually all STDs can be treated with medications, and most are curable. Some, such as HIV or HPV infection, are manageable with proper diagnosis and treatment.
We offer testing and treatment for a range of STDs, including:
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
A single unprotected sexual encounter could result in an STD, so it is important to be tested promptly. Seek testing within 1–2 weeks after an unprotected encounter, and then again 90 days later, to rule out emergent infection.
Typically, the doctor will perform a brief physical exam. This may include a pelvic exam for female patients. Your healthcare provider may also draw blood or collect urine for STD testing. In some instances, the doctor may use a sterile cotton swab to collect a sample from affected tissue(s), for further testing.
Additional reasons to consider seeking STD testing
If any of the following symptoms occur:
- Off-color or odorous discharge from the vagina
- A burning sensation while urinating (men or women)
- Bleeding between menstrual periods
- Painful sex (men or women)
- Testicular pain or swelling
- Unusual sores on the genitals
- Rectal pain or discharge
- Burning, itching or discomfort in genitals
- If you are sexually active (especially if not monogamous)
- If you are pregnant, even if there is no reason to suspect STDs
- Infections such as syphilis, chlamydia or gonorrhea could be transmitted to your infant, or otherwise jeopardize your pregnancy, and should be addressed immediately
Common STDs include: genital warts (HPV), chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV. Hepatitis B and hepatitis C may also be transmitted through sexual contact, although these diseases are not strictly STDs. Human papilloma virus (HPV) infection is extremely common. In some cases it resolves on its own within two years or less. In other instances, infection with HPV may result in genital warts and/or an increased risk of cervical cancer.
When to Seek Treatment for an STD
STDs typically do not constitute a life-threatening emergency, but they should never be ignored. Seek treatment at PhysicianOne Urgent Care or with your primary care provider sooner rather than later.
Treatment for STDs
Some STDs are readily treatable with common antibiotics. Others are manageable with antiviral drugs and other medications. Keep in mind that STDs often cause no noticeable symptoms. Nevertheless, they should never be ignored, and an infected person should refrain from having unprotected sex with any additional partners. Prior partners should be notified if you are newly diagnosed with an STD.
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