It’s important for sexually active individuals to have regular Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) testing to protect their reproductive health. Our team provides blood tests and lab screenings to detect STDs.

To schedule an STD test, call us or book an appointment online today.

STD Testing Q&A

Why is STD testing important?

Despite practicing safe sex with a single partner, STD testing is important for several reasons. This can protect your reproductive health and reduce the spread of STDs from one person to another. Although STDs are very common and spread easily, many STDs can be transmitted without sexual intercourse. Approximately 20 million new STD infections are diagnosed in the United States each year.

Common STDs include herpes, syphilis, HIV/AIDS, chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, and human papillomavirus (HPV). Because many STDs do not have symptoms, routine STD testing is the best way to detect an infection.

What are the symptoms of an STD?

STD symptoms vary depending on the specific disease, but they may include painful intercourse, strong vaginal odors, lower abdominal pain, bleeding between periods, swollen or painful testicles, burning or painful urination, discharge from the vagina or penis, and itching or irritation in the penis, vagina, or anus.

Some STDs have symptoms that are similar to those of the flu, such as fever, headache, sore throat, fatigue, and swollen lymph glands. Without treatment, some STDs can cause significant health problems.

What are the risks of an untreated STD?

In addition to the risk of spreading an STD to your partner, untreated STDs can lead to a variety of reproductive health problems, including infertility in men and women, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in women, and increased susceptibility to HIV infection.

Some STDs such as herpes and HIV have no cure, but awareness of such infections can reduce the risk of spreading them to sexual partners. You can reduce the risk of contracting an STD by discussing sexual histories with your partners, using condoms, and testing regularly for STDs.

What can I expect during my appointment?

STD testing is a simple and quick process that can occur during your regular men’s or women’s health exam. During your appointment, our team reviews any symptoms you might have, discusses your sexual history, and performs a physical exam. STD testing may require a urine or blood sample, or a tissue sample from your genitals, mouth, or anus.

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To protect your reproductive health, call Ithaca Primary Care or schedule an STD test online today.