Clinica San Miguel
Family Medicine located in San Antonio, Farmers Branch, Dallas, Houston, Arlington, Fresno, & Pasadena, TX
Sexually transmitted diseases remain a serious personal and public health issue, and knowing where to turn for comprehensive and confidential STD testing services is an important part of staying healthy. The family medicine specialists at Clinica San Miguel offer STD testing at all 12 locations throughout Texas, including three in Dallas, five in Houston, and one in Farmers Branch, Fresno, Arlington, San Antonio, San Antonio, and Pasadena. Call today to set up a visit, or schedule online in just moments.
STD Testing Q & A
What are some examples of sexually transmitted diseases?
There are many different types of sexually transmitted diseases, some that are well-known and others you may not have ever heard of. Some of these sexually transmitted diseases include:
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Bacterial vaginosis
- Genital herpes
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
This is far from a comprehensive list. There are dozens of different sexually transmitted diseases, which is why testing is so important.
It’s also essential to know that not all STDs present clear symptoms. With some infections, you may never experience easily detected changes, yet the disease could be causing serious damage to your reproductive health or immune system.
If you’re sexually active, getting tested is the only way to know your status. STD screening also enables you to protect others from becoming infected through sexual contact.
What happens if my STD test comes back positive?
Coming in for STD screening is an easy process and takes very little time. Some tests require a blood or urine sample, while others can be diagnosed with a physical exam or a cheek swab.
A swab of cells from your vagina, urethra, penis, cervix, or anus may be needed to determine whether you have a sexually transmitted disease. If you have blisters or sores, it may be possible to test fluid from those areas to screen for certain STDs.
If your STD test comes back with a positive result, your practitioner discusses all treatment options, giving you everything needed to make an informed decision about your care. Most sexually transmitted infections can be cleared up with a simple course of antibiotics.
What can I do to keep from getting a sexually transmitted disease?
The only way to fully protect yourself from all forms of sexually transmitted disease is to avoid any form of sexual contact, including intimate touching. The next best level of protection is to remain in a mutually monogamous relationship in which both partners have been tested for sexually transmitted disease.
Using male or female condoms offers a high degree of protection against many forms of sexually transmitted disease, but you need to use these devices properly and during every encounter. It’s also important to understand that condoms don’t protect against all forms of sexually transmitted disease.
If you’re concerned about your risk level, ask your physician how you can reduce your chances of contracting an STD and enjoy an active and healthy sex life. Your provider is here to help, and there is nothing to feel ashamed or embarrassed about when it comes to your sexual health.
If you’d like to book an appointment for STD testing, call the office today. Online scheduling is also an option and can be done from home, any time of day or night.
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