STD Testing: What Options Do I Have?
STD testing is a relatively fast and painless process that can provide you with important answers to your suspicions. Because some STDs produce symptoms and others do not, we recommend getting tested for STDs every six months if you are having unprotected sex, sex with multiple partners, and/or before entering into a new sexual relationship. Discover four ways you can test for an STD:
1. Urine Analysis
After providing a urine sample, our team can test your urine to see if there is an infection in the sample. For example, if the urinalysis shows the presence of leukocyte esterase or a higher-than-normal white blood cell count, it may be an indicator that chlamydia or another infection is present.
2. Blood Test
Retrieving a blood sample via your arm or a finger prick is a proven way to test for STDs. Because the infection is also in your blood, it will show up in the analysis. Several STDs that can be detected in blood, such as:
- Hepatitis A, B, & C
3. Swab Test
If you suspect an STI or STD, a swab test may be necessary. Your friendly doctor will gently use a swab to take a sample of cells or discharge from your genital area. Several STDs that can be detected via a swab sample include:
4. Physical Exam
Some STDs produce obvious signs such as warts, sores, rashes, or discharge in the genital area. Our friendly team can check for any of these STD symptoms to help determine which STD is afflicting you. She may also ask you questions about these symptoms, if they’re painful, and other related questions.
Women’s Clinic of Atlanta offers affordable STD testing and treatment options.
If you suspect an STD, we know you feel overwhelmed with worry. It’s important to get tested for STDs as soon as possible. If you receive a positive STD test, our team can discuss treatment or management options with you, depending on the STD. Take control of your sexual health today by making an appointment with us. Send us a text: 404-777-4771