Many STDs have few noticeable symptoms, which is why it is essential to be screened if you’ve had sexual contact with another person or if you notice any unusual symptoms. Signs of STDs may include, but are not limited to:
- Sores/bumps around the genitals, butt cheeks, or thighs
- Abnormal discharge from your penis or vagina
- Burning sensation while peeing
- Frequent urge to pee
- Itching, irritation, swelling, or pain in your vagina, vulva, penis, or anus
- Flu-like symptoms such as fever, swollen glands, feeling tired, and body aches
It is important to note that all of these signs can also be related to other illnesses such as UTIs, yeast infections, and contact rashes. However, STD screenings can determine if an STD is responsible. Many STDs can be cleared up with antibiotics, so it’s important to get checked out sooner rather than later to avoid complications and other health risks.
There is no single test for every STD, but most are noninvasive and quickly provide your doctor with the results. Depending on your symptoms, if any, your doctor may only test for specific STDs or may want to check for them all. Depending on the STD being tested, you may have one or more of the following:
- Urine test
- Cheek swab
- Blood test
- Physical exam
- Testing sores – the nurse or doctor will take a fluid sample with a cotton swab from sores or blisters
- Testing body fluid/tissue – the nurse or doctor will take a cotton swab sample from your penis, vagina, urethra, cervix, anus, or throat
If you have questions about STD screening at Advanced Family Medical Care or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at 972-985-8000.