If you are sexually active, the two most important ways to stay safe are using protection and frequent testing, especially with multiple partners. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are transmitted from individual to individual via sexual activity, including vaginal, oral, and anal sex. The STD treatment varies with the type of STDs you are dealing with, some common types of STDs or STIs include the following:
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Bacterial vaginosis
- Genital Herpes
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
Importance of STD Testing & Treatment
Millions of individuals test positive for STDs annually as per the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Unfortunately, the majority of these individuals have overlooked symptoms. Failure to address STDs promptly can result in permanent health concerns, including:
- Eye inflammation
- Heart disease
Some STDs have mild symptoms or no symptoms, which makes it difficult to diagnose. Additionally, because of the stigma that comes with STDs, people will avoid getting tested for many reasons, including embarrassment, fear of others finding out, or dismissing symptoms.
Why EG Healthcare?
So many people say that their medical provider doesn’t listen. Some of the typical feedback we hear from our new patients is that their previous provider left them feeling frustrated and unheard. They feel treated like just another number. At EG Healthcare, we provide women’s health care as unique as you are with the kindness that you deserve. Additionally, we assure all of our patients:
- 100% assurance in confidentiality
- Test result shared online discreetly
- Fast & accurate results
Who should be tested for STIs?
Some conditions that should convince you to get an STI screening include:
- You are sexually active.
- You are planning to begin a new relationship.
- You have multiple partners or relationships.
- You have an STD history or are experiencing a likely symptom.
- You are having sex without protection.
Blood work tests antibodies and will require 4-6 weeks after the incident for a positive result.
Each STD has its own incubation time. The best time to test is around 2 weeks after possible exposure,
Frequently asked questions about STD testing
How do you test for STDs?
We may recommend the following STD tests based on your sexual history:
- Blood tests
- Urine tests
- Physical exams
How do I get an STD?
STDs are transmitted from individual to individual via sexual activity, including vaginal, oral, and anal sex.
Can I get an STD from a toilet seat?
It is highly unlikely to get STD infected from a toilet seat due to two reasons:
- STD causing bacteria cannot survive long on other surfaces once it leaves the human body.
- STDs are typically transmitted sexually.
Can you get an STD from ways other than having sex?
Yes, while the chances are less, you could still get STD infected from non-sexual activities including:
- Mosquito bites
- An intimate association with infected individuals
- Sharing items including sheets, silverware, and lip balms
- Contaminated food
Can you get herpes from oral sex?
Yes, it is possible to get herpes from oral sex.
How do you tell if a woman has an STD?
Some of the common STD symptoms in women are:
- Vaginal itching or blisters
- Excessive and abnormal vaginal discharge
- Painful urination
- Pain during intercourse
Can you take an STD test at home?
Yes, there are several STD home test kits available. The benefit of testing STD from home is privacy. However, home-based tests are highly prone to false positives.
In addition to guaranteeing discreet testing and prompt STD results, our entire team, from front desk to provider, will treat you with the kindness you deserve and give you the care that is as unique as you are. See what it is like to gain control of your healthcare experience and live a better, healthier life.