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Protect yourself from common STDS and get tested regularly
According to the American Sexual Health Association, more than half of adults will face an STD at some point during their lifetime. With 19.7 million new STD infections a year it’s important that you are protecting yourself. Find out more about STD testing, when to get tested and how often you should visit your CareLife Medical OBGYN or Primary Care Physician in Fairfax, VA for testing.
If you have any concerns that you may have been exposed to an STD, it’s always a good idea to schedule testing with your Primary Care Physician or gynecologist in Fairfax, VA so that you know for certain. Getting tested not only protects you but also is a great way to protect your partners. Common symptoms of an STD include:
- Genital sores
- Vaginal or penile discharge
- Itching or burning, often during urination
Of course, not all STDs present with symptoms. In fact, people can have an STD for many years and never know it, which is why getting tested regularly is so very important. If you’ve recently had unprotected sex it’s always a good idea to talk with our OBGYN doctor about whether STD testing is a good idea.
Don’t assume that you will be tested for STDs when you come in for your routine exam. It’s important that you let us know you want to be screened. We will sit down with you and determine which tests are right for you. There is no one test to detect all the different kinds of STDs. Each test will check for a specific disease. Factors such as the symptoms you are having, any STDs you may have had in the past or your sexual habits will help us determine which tests to include.
How is STD testing performed at CareLife Medical in Fairfax, VA?
A lot will depend on the kinds of tests you are getting and whether you are experiencing symptoms. If you are experiencing warts, discharge or sores then a physical examination will often be performed to look at these symptoms.
A urine and a blood sample may also be performed. While sometimes all that’s needed for a diagnosis is to look at symptoms or to perform a physical exam, if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms then these lab tests will help provide us with the answers we need.
Do you need to schedule an STD screening? Do you have questions about the testing we offer? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have. We are here for you and your sexual health.