Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) don’t show any symptoms most of the time, so getting tested is the only way to know whether or not you have one. The providers at Capital Women's Care Howard County located in Fulton, Maryland, offer in-office STD testing to confirm your status.
Once you become sexually active, periodic testing for sexually transmitted diseases is highly recommended, especially if you have more than one sexual partner. There are several types of tests used to detect STD infections. Serum blood tests and urinalysis are used to determine if STD antibodies are present in your body, indicating an STD infection. In some cases, a genital swab is taken so that a culture can be used to determine if you have an active STD infection. Culture results generally take longer than blood test or urinalysis results.
Having an STD during pregnancy can harm your baby. If you are pregnant and you or your partner has had (or may have had) an STD, talk to your doctor. No matter your circumstances, your doctor can help determine if you should be tested for STDs and can recommend the type of test to be performed. Talking openly with your doctor about your number of sexual partners and your sexual activities will allow the doctor to determine which STDs you should be tested for and how often you should be tested. Your doctor will also be there to design a treatment plan if any of your test results come back positive.
Warning Signs of STDs
Early treatment can prevent many of the serious side effects of STDs. See your doctor immediately if you have any of the possible warning signs of STDs:
Any open sores, red or white bumps or rashes, or liquid-filled blisters - no matter how small - in your genital area
Redness or swelling in your genital area
Any unusual change in the amount, color, smell, or consistency of your vaginal discharge
Pain in your pelvis or abdomen, with or without nausea or vomiting
Pain, soreness, irritation, or other discomfort during intercourse or bleeding after intercourse
Fever, loss of appetite, fatigue, or swollen lymph nodes in your groin or neck
Unusually severe menstrual cramps
Recurring yeast infections or other infections