Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are common, affecting one in five people in the United States. At All Valley Urgent Care in Brawley and El Centro, California, highly trained physicians Luis E. Verduzco, MD, Brian Tyson, MD, and the other staff members offer STD testing and treatments to reduce the risk of spreading an STD to other people. Call the office to schedule STD testing or use the online booking feature today. You can also walk in for care as needed.
STD testing is a type of diagnostic test that screens for common sexually transmitted infections, which spread from person to person through vaginal, anal, or oral sexual intercourse.
Common STDs include:
Some STDs are curable, while others are not, but you can still manage bothersome symptoms with proper treatment.
The following symptoms may indicate an STD:
You might also develop warts or sores in your mouth or throat after having oral sexual intercourse. Cervical cancer may develop due to HPV infection.
You might not have any symptoms when you have an STD, which is why STD testing is important if you’re at risk of contracting one.
The risk factors for contracting STDs include having sex with an infected partner, having multiple sexual partners, and not using a condom during sex. Abstinence is the best way to avoid STDs, as well as having sex with just one mutually monogamous partner who’s tested negative for STDs. Using a condom each time you have sex is another effective prevention strategy.
During STD testing, your provider reviews your lifestyle habits and symptoms. They also complete a physical exam to look for signs of STDs. STD testing involves blood testing, urine testing, or tissue swabs that can detect the type of STD you may have.
After your All Valley Urgent Care provider receives the results of STD testing, they review them with you and let you know if you need further diagnostic testing or treatment. The most common treatments for STDs include antibiotics to cure the disease or antiviral medications that help you manage symptoms of an STD and reduce the chance of spreading it to your partner.
It’s important to take your medications exactly as directed and abstain from sex during your treatment. If you have genital warts or other growths, your provider can remove them. Alert your partner if you test positive for STDs so they can get tested and treated too.
To schedule STD testing at All Valley Urgent Care, call the office or use the online booking feature today.