STD Testing

Center4Health Medical Group

Elizabeth J. Covington, MD

Family Practice & Aesthetics located in Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles, CA

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are serious illnesses that require treatment. If you’re sexually active, get tested by Dr. Elizabeth Covington at the Center4Health in Los Angeles. Many STDs don’t have symptoms, but you can still pass the infection on to others. Call the office or book an appointment online to learn more about STDs and get screened today.

STD Testing Q & A

Why should I get tested for an STD?

If you’re sexually active and not in a committed relationship, it’s a good idea to get tested. More than 65 million Americans have an incurable STD and each year, about 20 million new cases are reported.

Getting tested means you can get treatment that usually resolves the condition and prevents complications.

What are the symptoms of STDs?

In many cases, a sexually transmitted disease has no outward symptoms. Even in these cases, you can transmit the disease to your partner, if you have unprotected sex.

In some cases of STDs, you may experience:

  • Irregular vaginal or penile discharge
  • Warts or lesions on your genitals
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Swollen testicles
  • Strong vaginal odor
  • Itching or burning, especially while urinating

If you have these or symptoms of pelvic pain or pain during intercourse, contact Center4Health for STD screening.

What are the most common STDs?

Dozens of diseases can be transmitted sexually. The most common ones include:

  • Genital warts (human papillomavirus)
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis
  • Hepatitis B
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Genital herpes

In the case of HIV/AIDS, genital herpes, and hepatitis B, the disease can only be managed but not cured.

What causes STDs?

STDs can be caused by viruses or bacteria. Viral infections include HIV, herpes, human papillomavirus, and hepatitis B. Bacterial infections include chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea.

STDs are passed through sexual contact, including vaginal, oral, and anal intercourse. In the case of genital warts (HPV), you may get infected just from skin-to-skin contact. Hepatitis B may be spread through the sharing of personal items, such as razors, with a person already infected.

How are STDs diagnosed?

STD testing is usually done through a blood test, a swab of your genitals, or a urine analysis. Genital warts are diagnosed with a visual exam. The type of test administered depends on your symptoms and visual diagnosis.

Your annual wellness exam doesn’t include a check for sexually transmitted diseases. You need to express concern about specific symptoms or ask for a screening.

To get tested for a sexually transmitted disease, call the office of the Center4Health or book an appointment online today.