When should I get tested for an STD?
Many STDs have no symptoms and yet could cause long-term complications when it comes to your health. If you’re sexually active and not in a mutually monogamous relationship, it’s a good idea to be regularly tested for STDs. As many as 65 million Americans have an incurable STD, and each year as many as 20 million new cases are reported.
Prompt testing and diagnosis lead to immediate treatment that usually resolves an STD and prevents complications. STD testing is not a regular part of your annual physical, so you need to request testing.
Which STDs can be detected?
At AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Columbia, Dr. Wang and Dr. Duke offer testing for the following common STDs:
These are some of the most commonly contracted STDs. But if you have symptoms of different STD, such as herpes or hepatitis B, the doctors can check for that, too.
What are the symptoms of an STD?
Often, you won’t notice any symptoms when you have an STD. But even without symptoms, an STD is still transmittable to another person.
Definitely seek testing if you have symptoms that suggest an STD, including:
If you’re a man or woman that has pelvic pain or pain during intercourse, you should also consider STD testing.
What causes STDs?
STDs can be viral or bacterial in nature. Viral infections include herpes, HIV, and human papillomavirus (HPV). Some viral infections are long-term.
Bacterial infections are chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea. Bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics.
You can pass STDs to a partner through any sexual contact. This includes oral, anal, and vaginal intercourse. HPV may also be spread through skin-to-skin contact.
What does STD testing involve?
Usually, STD testing involves a swab of your genitals, a blood test, or a urine analysis. If you have visual warts on your genitals, HPV is suspected. The test you undergo depends on your symptoms.
To get tested for an STD, call AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Columbia or book an appointment online.