Are You Positive You’re Negative? Process & Importance of STI/STD Testing
Many sexually active people assume that they do not have a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or sexually transmitted disease (STD) because they never experienced any symptoms. Unfortunately, many of the STIs will have no noticeable signs or symptoms, or will have some that are easily overlooked. The only true way to tell if you have an STI or STD is by getting tested.
Even if you receive routine medical exams, it is important to note that they do not always include any STI testing unless specifically requested. For women, a pap smear may detect some infections, but can leave out others, so if you have any question regarding your sexual health, it is best to talk with a doctor to receive testing. The most common STIs include chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, herpes, HPV, syphilis, and trichomoniasis. If left untreated, STIs can become much more serious, leading to more serious health issues such as cancer.
Getting tested is a simple procedure. They can be performed by a urine test, swab of genital area or mouth, blood test, or even visual diagnosis, depending on the infection suspected or being tested for. The American Sexual Health Association provides general guidelines for STI/STD testing if you are not sure what you should be asking for. However, these conditions do not discriminate, so if you suspect anything abnormal, talk with your doctor right away.
If you suspect you may have an STI or STD, or are just looking for peace of mind, we offer discreet, confidential testing. We recommend that you come in immediately if you suspect a problem, or come in for periodic testing based on your sexual lifestyle to get ahead of any infections that may not be presenting any symptoms. If you test positive, we will help you begin a treatment plan right away.
Take control of your sexual health today by getting tested. Visit us at any of our locations seven days a week. You can even skip the wait by utilizing our virtual check in to hold your place in line before you arrive.