STDs, or Sexually Transmitted Diseases, are diseases that are contracted specifically through sexual contact including vaginal, anal, or oral intercourse. There are many different STDs that can be symptomatic or asymptomatic. That’s why it is particularly important to be tested for STDs regularly if you are sexually active.
Many STDs produce symptoms and some have very similar symptoms. An STD screening will be able to tell you which sexually transmitted disease your symptoms are associated with. Common symptoms include:
- Dark or foul smelling urine
- Genital discharge
- Painful urination
- Irregular bumps, blisters, sores, or warts in the genital area
- Body sores
No. Not all STDs will produce symptoms. Gonorrhea and chlamydia are among the STDs that commonly are asymptomatic, producing no symptoms at all. It is important to be tested for STDs regularly to detect any possible asymptomatic infections before they cause long-term damage.
Getting tested for STDs is important for everyone who is sexually active. By not getting tested, you could be unknowingly spreading infections to others or you could have a possible infection that you are unaware of that is causing you long-term damage. The only way you can know for sure that you do not have an STD is by getting yourself tested.
Yes. Any type of sexually transmitted disease can be passed through oral or anal intercourse. If you have had any type of unprotected oral or anal sex you are at risk for contracting an STD.
If you have had unprotected sexually intercourse of any kind (oral, vaginal, anal) you should be tested. If you have questions about a specific incident or possible transmission, our care counselors can discuss it with you and help you make the decision when testing is right for you.
We offer several different testing options from individual disease tests to comprehensive panels. Our physicians recommend a comprehensive panel to give you your definitive STD status. Our care counselors are available to speak to you about what testing options are available to you and help you make the decision about which test panel is best for your needs.
No. Our physicians will review your test order and call it in to the testing facility for you before your visit.
No. After the physician calls your test order into the facility of your choice you can stop by any time during the normal hours of operation. You can even stop by the same day you order provided your order is submitted before closing.
Just you. Your appointment will only last 10-15 minutes and require just a simple blood or urine sample. There are no drawn out appointments or exams. Should your test require a blood sample we recommend wearing short sleeves or loose sleeves you can roll up easily.
Yes. We do not process tests through health insurance or contact you directly regarding your test or results.
When we process payment from your debit or credit account, the charge will appear on your monthly statement as simply “SFHT.” To ensure maximum confidentiality for our patients we will not identify ourselves directly in any billing statement.
If an issue should arise at the testing facility, contact us immediately at ().
Should any of your test results come back positive, we are here to help you. We will discuss the next steps with you and help to get you started on a treatment plan. If you test positive for either gonorrhea, chlamydia, or trichomoniasis we can treat you. We will call in the necessary prescription to the pharmacy of your choice.