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These are common questions asked by our clients.
STD stands for Sexually Transmitted Disease, which is a disease spread through sexual activity such as vaginal intercourse, oral sex, anal sex, or even intimate skin-to-skin contact. Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Herpes, HPV, and HIV are examples of STDs.
According to the CDC, over 19 million new sexually transmitted disease (STD) infections occur each year, with nearly half of these occurring among young individuals aged 15 to 24. Most infections have no symptoms and go undiagnosed and untreated for long periods of time, which can have serious health repercussions, particularly for women.
Knowing your STD status is a crucial step in preventing the spread of STDs. You can take actions to safeguard yourself and your partners if you know you’re sick. Many STDs are simple to diagnose and treat. If you or your spouse is infected, you and your partner may need to be treated at the same time to avoid re-infection.
The shame and embarrassment people feel when they run into known faces at the health center is one of the main reasons people put off STD/STI testing. We understand your apprehension about involving others in any problems or challenges you may be having with your sexual health, and we are committed to assisting you in getting tested anonymously.
Our lab Service can assist you in getting privately tested at one of the country’s 4,500+ labs.
Our mission is to provide you a 100% confidential STD and HIV Testing along with doctor consultation and treatment. we strive to do everything that we can to ensure your personal information is kept safe and confidential. Your test results will not be reported to your insurance company and will thus not be recorded on your permanent medical record. We will never leave you voicemails, send you text (SMS) messages or never mail to your house.
The STD test will only take 5 minutes or less, leaving you plenty of time to complete the rest of your day’s tasks. All it takes is choose the lab to be anonymously tested for all STDs and STIs today.
Even if you are in a monogamous relationship, you should be tested at least once a year if you are sexually active. Getting tested for STDs is a basic part of taking care of your health
If you have several partners, you should get tested before engaging in sexual activity with a new one.
On our website, patients can use an anonymous tool to send a text alerting previous partners to get tested. We don’t know who sent the text because the service is anonymous. Please contact the number from which the text was sent if you have any questions.
No. Some men with gonorrhea show no signs or symptoms. The symptoms of gonorrhea in women are usually mild, and the majority of women who are infected have no symptoms. Because roughly 75 percent of infected women and 50 percent of infected males have no symptoms, chlamydia is characterized as a “silent” disease. Testing for STDs is the only way to know for sure.
Many STDs may not have any symptoms at all, or the symptoms may be so minor that you are unaware of them. If you experience any of the symptoms listed below, you should get medical attention right once because they could indicate that you have an STD.
There are a variety of things you may take to lower your risk of contracting an STD.
To begin, it’s critical to understand that sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are extremely widespread and can pose a serious hazard. Approximately 68 million people in the United States are thought to have an STD. In other words, almost one in every five Americans is infected with an STD at any given time.
The good news is that STDs can be avoided. Abstinence is, of course, the only 100% guaranteed strategy to avoid contracting an STD. However, adopting barrier protection devices (such as condoms or dental dams) to practice safe sex can also be quite successful.
STDs can cause major health problems if left untreated, therefore prevention is crucial. STDs can cause chronic pelvic pain, pelvic inflammatory disease, and a difficult pregnancy in women.
Syphilis, if left untreated, can cause deafness and possibly death in its later stages.
The creation of a painless sore (chancre) in the place where the infection entered the body is the main stage of syphilis (usually the vagina or anus). The secondary stage results in non-itchy rashes on various regions of the body. When the major and secondary symptoms of syphilis go away, there may be a latent, or concealed, stage of the disease. If untreated, syphilis can progress to the point where internal organs are damaged, with symptoms such as deafness, blindness, paralysis, and dementia. Organ damage can be serious, and death is a possibility
While some people may not show any signs or symptoms, sexually transmitted diseases can cause painful urination, painful intercourse, and lumps, blisters, or warts around the mouth, anus, or vagina.
Swelling or redness near the penis or vagina, severe itching near the penis or vagina, penile or vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding other than a monthly period, skin rash, weight loss, loose stools, night sweats, aches and pains, fever, and chills are all indications of STDs.
About 1.2 million. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1.2 million people in the United States are infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In total, about 660,000 individuals have perished as a result of the virus.
True! When used appropriately and consistently, condoms are extremely efficient in preventing the spread of HIV. Even when condoms are used appropriately, there is a risk of HIV transmission if condoms are the only means of protection. Condoms can also help prevent infections like gonorrhea and chlamydia, which are transmitted by bodily fluids. They are ineffective against skin-to-skin STDs such syphilis, genital herpes, and the human papillomavirus (genital warts).
False! Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease that can’t be spread via toilet seats or other surfaces like doorknobs. The bacterium that causes gonorrhea, Neisseria gonorrheae, can only survive for a few minutes outside the body. Neisseria gonorrheae thrives in humid environments like the vaginal and cervix. If the bacterium that causes gonorrhea penetrates the Fallopian tubes, it can develop pelvic inflammatory disease, which is a painful condition (PID).
It all boils down to your sexual habits.
Because a majority of cases in the United States occur in this age range, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that any sexually active female under the age of 25 obtain at least annual testing for gonorrhea and chlamydia. Beyond the age of 25, there are no precise criteria, but you should be screened if you are having intercourse outside of a trusted, monogamous relationship or if you are experiencing symptoms. If you’re starting a relationship with a new sexual partner, both participants should get examined to ensure a “clean bill of health” before engaging in any sexual activity.
It’s also vital to understand that testing and screening consists of two parts: swabs and blood tests. Swabs will check for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and HPV, among other things. Other STDs, such as HIV, hepatitis, and syphilis, require blood testing. Both blood and swab tests are recommended if you want to get a complete picture of your health.
Vaginal discharge is caused by a variety of factors. Discolored or increased discharge could be a sign of a non-sexually transmitted infection (such a yeast infection) or even hormonal changes. It’s crucial to think about your recent sexual activity to see if this symptom is related to an STD, and it’s always ideal to consult your doctor if you have any worries
Possibly. Pelvic pain is frequently unrelated to an STD. Pelvic pain during sex is frequent, and it can be caused by a variety of disorders such as endometriosis, cysts, or stress. Intercourse may be unpleasant in specific postures according to your anatomy, such as how your uterus is positioned in your pelvic. Intercourse can also be painful if you have gonorrhea or a chlamydia infection, or if you have an active herpes outbreak. We want you to enjoy your sex, so if you’re in discomfort for any reason, please contact your doctor so that we can help you figure out what’s wrong.
You may be more prone to ingrown hairs if you shave or wax. If you’ve recently shaven and notice a small bulge that isn’t very bothersome, it could be an ingrown hair. The first herpes breakout is usually excruciatingly painful, with bigger lesions forming inside the vulva and surrounding the vaginal opening. The size of subsequent outbreaks is usually smaller, although they are still painful. Herpes lesions evolve over time and may leak a clear fluid. Come see us if you’re worried!
If you’re interested in getting screened or believe you’ve been exposed to an STD, we recommend contacting your doctor, who can talk to you about your options in a safe, confidential, and judgment-free environment.
You might not want to wait for the results of a conventional HIV test at times. A quick HIV test, which uses blood from a finger prick or an oral swab, can provide you with results in as little as a few minutes. While the results are usually accurate, keep in mind that the oral swab only detects for HIV and not for any other sexually transmitted infections. In most circumstances, this treatment is only indicated if you are concerned about HIV exposure and do not want to wait for regular test results.
It all depends on your definition of virginity. Although STDs can be transferred through oral and anal sex, many people assume they are still virgins if they haven’t had vaginal intercourse. Even if there is no penetration, some STDs can be transmitted through intimate skin-to-skin contact.
Both yes and no.
Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus, which can be caused by two strains: HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 is a highly common virus that isn’t transmitted through sexual contact (many people are infected while they’re young through kissing older relatives, etc.) and produces cold sores in the mouth.
HSV-2 is a less common virus that is usually transmitted through sexual activity (oral, vaginal, or anal intercourse) and causes genital sores. However, regardless of how you acquired either strain, you can have HSV-1 on your genitals and HSV-2 on your mouth, and both can be spread through kissing and sexual contact.
If you have a cold sore or anogenital lesions, you should avoid doing anything, including kissing, until the lesions have healed entirely. It’s crucial to understand that the virus can spread even if you don’t show any signs of infection. It’s also worth noting that condoms don’t always protect you against active lesions. The good news is that if you are prone to outbreaks, you can prevent them by taking regular treatments.
It’s crucial to remember that if you’re at risk for HIV, you’re also at risk for other STDs. A comprehensive check-up by the experts would be beneficial to your health. However, you are not required to see the clinician. You’ll meet with a counselor who will explain the HIV test to you. The quick oral HIV test results are usually available in 20 minutes.
Chlamydia trachomatis can cause lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV), orchitis, epididymitis, and urethritis in addition to chlamydia.
Lymphogranuloma venereum is a herpes-like condition that affects the genitals, anus, and rectum. Urethritis (inflammation of the urethra), orchitis (inflammation of the tube linking the urethra and the testicles), and orchitis (inflammation of the tube connecting the urethra and the testicles) in males induce a burning feeling during urination and a thick or watery discharge.
True! Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus that causes liver disease and is spread via contact with infected blood. Sharing needles during drug usage, tattooing, and piercing is a common cause of this. Hepatitis C is rarely transmitted by sexual intercourse, unlike hepatitis B.
False! Kissing, unfortunately, can transfer a variety of illnesses. Herpes, which produces cold sores, is the most common STD transmitted by kissing. Kissing can spread syphilis and HPV (warts) in rare cases.
False! Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are contagious, even if there are no symptoms early on. Furthermore, many STD symptoms, such as stomach problems, may not appear to be related to an STD. Even if you don’t have symptoms or have symptoms that appear unrelated, it’s crucial to get tested for STDs if you’re sexually active.
Unfortunately, the answer is no. If you’ve been exposed to an STD and had it treated, you’ll be vulnerable again afterward. Therapy for bacterial infections (such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis) will consist of a brief course of antibiotics followed by follow-up tests to ensure the treatment was effective. Herpes and HIV, for example, are life-long illnesses that require continual therapy.
No. Cervical cancer checks are known as pap smears, pap tests, or cervical smears. Although the human papillomavirus (HPV), an STD, is responsible for many incidences of cervical cancer, pap smears are not the same as an HPV test. Regular STD tests don’t check for HPV, and HPV testing isn’t usually required until after the age of 30.
Again, getting tested for STDs is the only way to know for sure if you have an STD.
Yes. Even on your heaviest days, you can receive a STD test at any point during your menstrual cycle. The results should be unaffected by your cycle. If you are concerned about severe bleeding, you should arrange an appointment to speak with a clinician about your concerns.
Yes, even if you don’t have any symptoms, you can infect someone with herpes. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) was once thought to only be transferred when sores were present, but new study has proven that it can be passed even when no apparent indications are present.
The majority of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and genital warts are only communicated through direct sexual contact with an infected person. Crabs (pubic lice) or scabies, both of which are typically sexually transmitted, can be spread by coming into touch with contaminated clothing, bedding, or towels.
There are currently no STD home testing available. The only way to find out whether you have an STD is to visit a doctor and have it tested.
Yes, many STDs, including HIV, are more common among women.
If a woman is exposed to an STD, she is naturally more susceptible to infection than a man. Women are also less likely to develop symptoms from STDs, making it more difficult to detect until significant complications, such as PID, arise (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease).
All STDs can be avoided. The only way to avoid contracting an STD is to abstain from having sex. When used appropriately, condoms (latex or polyurethane) can dramatically minimize the chance of contracting an STD while having intercourse. Limiting your sex partners lowers your chances of contracting an STD.