Generations Family Practice
Family Medicine & Primary Care Practice located in Cary, NC
If you or your child is sexually active, tests for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) either ensure you’re healthy or identify problems at early stages. Most STDs can be cured or managed if found and treated as soon as possible. At Generations Family Practice in Cary, North Carolina, the medical experts administer STD tests and recommend treatments, if necessary. To schedule your STD screening today, call or reach out via the online form.
STD Testing Q&A
What is STD testing?
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be identified by changes in your body or in your blood work. If you’re sexually active, annual STD screens are recommended. You could benefit from tests for:
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Hepatitis C
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
Certain risk factors determine how often you need to be tested for each type of STD. The Generations Family Practice team doesn’t usually test for herpes unless you have physical symptoms, such as blisters around your genital area.
Who needs STD testing?
Anyone sexually active should be tested for STDs. Some STDs, including syphilis, can be cured with antibiotics when caught early enough. Without treatment, though, STDs can cause serious complications. Even if you’re in a monogamous, stable relationship, consider STD testing each year.
You should also be tested for STDs if you plan to become pregnant. Many STDs can be passed to your child during vaginal childbirth. However, some STDs can be cured with antibiotics, which ensures your own health and that of your child.
Do I need STD testing if I’ve never had intercourse?
Several STDs — including herpes and HPV — can be transmitted through intimate skin-to-skin contact. You can get or give herpes or HPV simply by fingering or having oral sex. Even condoms can’t fully protect you from herpes or HPV.
As soon as you engage in intimate sexual play, add STD testing to your annual exams. Also pay attention to any changes in your reproductive organs and schedule an exam if you notice or experience anything unusual.
What are the signs and symptoms of an STD?
Many STDs don’t create signs or symptoms for years after infection. That’s why it’s important to be screened for STDs; even without symptoms, an infection shows up in your blood work.
Nevertheless, you should be alert to changes in your body and how you feel. Some common signs and symptoms of STDs include:
- Foul-smelling discharge from your penis or vagina
- Unusual vaginal discharge (yellow, green, or clumpy)
- Sores, blisters, or itchy patches on your vulva, penis, or anus
- Unexplained fatigue
If you think you may have an STD, or if you’re ready for a well-woman or well-man exam that includes STD testing, contact the team at Generations Family Practice by phone or online.
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