STD Clinic near Arlington, VA
STD testing helps you ensure that you are free of sexually transmitted diseases that can affect your health. Rizwan Q Dar, MD, of Loehmann's Walk-In Clinic, shares some information about STD testing.
Why should I have STD testing?
You may be wondering if you need a test for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), or if your partner needs one. Whatever the reason, the more information you have, the better you can protect yourself. To help you understand STDs, how to protect yourself and get tested, we offer an STD Clinic that helps you get the results you need right away.
STD testing is very important if you are sexually active, particularly if you have multiple partners, or your partner has had multiple partners. Testing is especially important if you have had unprotected sex. Many couples prefer to get tested before having sex for the first time.
Why should I get tested if I don't have symptoms of STDs?
It's possible to have an STD but show no symptoms. Since some STDs, such HIV and AIDS, can be life-threatening, prompt diagnosis can help prevent the disease from worsening. If you do receive an STD diagnosis, you can pass the information along to your sexual partners and take the appropriate steps to avoid spreading the disease to them.
Wondering when you should visit our STD Clinic to be tested? Let’s take a look at some basic guidelines as to when you should get tested:
- If you are sexually active
- If you are under the age of 24
- If you are a man of any sexual preference
- If you are a woman of any sexual preference
What type of test is used for STD testing?
Your doctor may use one or more tests to detect STDs. Before he does any testing, he'll ask about any symptoms and examine you to look for signs of possible STDs. Types of STD testing include:
- Blood tests: Blood tests are used to detect HIV/AIDS, cytomegalovirus, hepatitis B, herpes, pelvic inflammatory disease and syphilis.
- Discharge tests: Bodily discharge may be tested to diagnose bacterial vaginosis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, pelvic inflammatory disease, syphilis, trichomoniasis
- Cell tests: Your doctor may gently remove a few cells to test for chlamydia, genital warts, gonorrhea, molluscum contagiosum or scabies.
Some STDs can be easily detected during an exam, such as scabies, genital warts or pubic lice, although your doctor may want to test your cells to confirm the diagnosis.