Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are not just an embarrassing nuisance; they can also become a threat to fertility, increase your chances of developing certain cancers, and, in some cases, put your life at risk. Ezra Morgan, MD, and Graham Dondlinger, MD, of AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Woodbridge, can help you protect yourself with regular STD testing. If you’re sexually active, call the Woodbridge, Virginia, clinic today to schedule STD tests, or book an appointment online.
STD (sexually transmitted disease) testing is an important way of monitoring your sexual health and preventing the spread of infection between sexual partners.
Depending on your sexual history and symptoms, if present, you may need STD testing for:
Some STDs don’t cause any noticeable symptoms, so you could be infected and not realize. Unless you receive treatment from AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Woodbridge, you risk passing the infection on to others, as well as suffering from the long-term effects certain STDs cause.
If you do experience symptoms of an STD, you may notice:
As well as symptoms that affect the genital organs, some STDs can cause symptoms such as fever, aches and pains, and unintended weight loss that you may not realize are related to an STD.
If you’re having sex and you’re not in a monogamous relationship, it’s a good idea to get tested for STDs every year. If you take part in higher-risk activities such as having multiple partners, you should go for testing more often.
There are several different tests that your provider at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Woodbridge may carry out, depending on whether you have symptoms or you’re undergoing routine screening. Tests that are used to identify STDs include:
Viral cultures and PCR tests are only viable if you have symptoms, as they involve testing cell samples from sores or lesions.
Preventing STD infection is possible, even when you’re not celibate or monogamous, by always using a condom. This doesn’t guarantee you won’t get infected, but it reduces the odds considerably. Considering your choice of partners carefully can also help prevent transmission of STDs.
STDs are highly treatable, but some, such as HIV/AIDS and syphilis, are potentially life-threatening, so protecting yourself and having regular screening tests is essential. To arrange your STD screening test, call AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Woodbridge today, walk-in for same-day STD testing, or book an appointment online.