Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is among the most common types of STDs that you can catch from unprotected sex. If you don’t use condoms for protection, you’re also at risk of getting other common STDs, including gonorrhea and chlamydia.
While some STDs cause minor symptoms, such as a rash, others can put you at risk of suffering more severe health problems, such as infertility or an increased chance of getting cancer. The good news is that many of these diseases improve with antibiotics or other treatments, and catching them early on improves your chances of healing them before they progress any further.
If you have any symptoms of STDs, such as a genital rash or warts or painful urination, you should see a doctor for testing as soon as possible. We can conduct STD tests and provide you with results, so you can start receiving treatment if needed. If your test is negative, we can do additional tests to determine what’s causing your symptoms.
However, you could be infected without manifesting any symptoms. That means you can unwittingly pass on these infectious diseases to your partners. So, even if you’re not displaying any of the symptoms listed above, you should come in to get tested once or twice a year. Our staff can do tests that catch these diseases early so that you can get treatment.
The kind of STD test our staff will do mainly depends on what types of symptoms you have. We might take a sample of your blood or urine to check for STDs. In some cases, your practitioner might take a swab of your genitals or rectum for testing. They also do a physical exam of your genitals to look for warts, rashes, and other abnormalities.
Your practitioner provides you with the results of your STD testing as soon as possible. The length of time you have to wait can vary depending on what kind of test you had and how long the lab takes to produce results.
If you’re having symptoms of STDs, please contact Family Medicine Austin to schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained staff members.