Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Testing and Treatment

How are STD tests done?

It depends on which infection you may have. And some infections can be tested for in more than one way. Your test may include:

Blood and urine tests

Most STDs can be tested for using urine or blood samples. Your doctor can order urine or blood tests to check for:

  • chlamydia
  • gonorrhea
  • hepatitis
  • herpes
  • HIV
  • syphilis

Swabs

Many doctors also use vaginal, cervical, or urethral swabs to check for STDs. If you’re female, they can use a cotton applicator to take vaginal and cervical swabs during a pelvic exam. If you’re male or female, they can use take urethral swabs by inserting a cotton applicator into your urethra. If you have anal sex, they may also take a rectal swab to check for infectious organisms in your rectum.

Physical examination

Some STDs, such as herpes and genital warts, can be diagnosed through a combination of physical examination and other tests. Your doctor can conduct a physical exam to look for sores, bumps, and other signs of STDs. They can also take samples from any questionable areas to send to a laboratory for testing.

When do I get the results?

 Sometimes a diagnosis can be made based on your symptoms and/or a physical exam. Treatment could be prescribed right away. Other times, your doctor may need to send a sample to a lab to be tested. In that case, the results may not be available for several days or weeks.

Sunset Walk-In Healthcare is pleased to announce that we are accepting new General Practice patients at Sunset Walk-In Healthcare in West Hollywood, CA.  New patients with Covered California and other PPO insurance plans who want Dr. Foster as their primary care physician [PCP] are always welcomed at Sunset Walk-In Healthcare!  Let our friendly front desk know if you are registering as a General Practice new patient!

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