Confidential STD Testing Questions and Answers
If you need an STD screening then contact Women’s Health Consulting in Chicago, IL, where our compassionate and kind professionals are experienced in treating STDs. For more information please call us or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 200 S. Michigan Ave, Suite 1550, Chicago, IL 60604.
When should I get tested for STDs?
You should be tested for STDs before engaging in any type of sexual activity with a new partner. Your doctor also recommends STD screening during pregnancy, as some types of STDs can cause health problems for the baby or may require you to get a cesarean section (C-section) to avoid harm to your baby during the birth process.
STD screenings can be performed along with your annual well-woman exam so you can stay up-to-date on your health status or when needed based on your sexual history.
What are the signs of an STD?
STDs can range in severity and have a wide array of possible signs and symptoms. Common signs of STDs include:
- Painful urination or pain during intercourse
- Abnormal vaginal discharge
- Bloody discharge
- Vaginal discharge that smells fishy
- Itching, burning, or stinging in the vaginal area
- Bumps on the skin in or around your vagina
Some symptoms of STDs overlap with other conditions, like burning during urination caused by a urinary tract infection (UTI). It’s always best to see your doctor and get tested right away when you experience any of these symptoms in order to avoid potentially spreading an STD to your partner.
How are STD screenings performed?
Most STD screenings involve providing a blood or urine sample. In many cases, results come back within 2-24 hours. Your doctor can also perform a pelvic exam to look for signs of an STD that may be causing genital warts or bloody discharge.
How are STDs treated?
Treatment for most types of STDs includes a course of antibiotics or other medications. Your doctor explains when to take the medication, or in the case of a medicated cream, how and where to apply the cream.
It’s important to finish using the entire prescription, even if your symptoms clear up before you’ve finished taking all of your medication.
How can I protect myself from STDs?
If you want to be sexually active, it’s important to use condoms every time you have sex in order to prevent the spread of STDs. Birth control pills do not prevent against STDs, which are spread through physical contact with an infected person. Always discuss your STD status before engaging in any sexual activities with a new partner.
To get screened for STDs, call Women’s Health Consulting IL or set up a confidential appointment using the online booking system now. We serve patients from Chicago IL, Cicero IL, Oak Park IL, Forest Park IL, Berwyn IL, Maywood IL and Logan Square Chicago IL.