If you have a burning during urination, vaginal discharge, sores, or burning or itching, it is important to get tested for STDs. A test is also recommended for both you and your partner if you had sex without protection.
There is no single STD test that will test against every type of STD or STI. Your doctor will question you on your sexual history and methods of protection to determine which tests you should receive. It is important that you are completely honest with the doctors at Women First to ensure that the proper care is given. STDs left untreated can cause serious, sometimes life-threatening complications including organ failure, infertility, and brain damage. If left untreated, they are much more likely to be spread to more people during unprotected sex in the future.
STD tests vary depending on what is being tested. Some are only tested through a physical exam, while others require a blood sample, urine sample, or cell swab sample. If it is found that you have an STD, then proper care will be given. For STIs, a one-time medication will be prescribed. For other diseases, outbreaks can be controlled but the disease will remain. Your doctor will provide all of the information on your STD to ensure that you have all of the information necessary to live a healthy and safe life.