STD Testing

Gilead Primary Care North

Primary Care Practice located in Columbus, OH

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 20 million Americans contract a sexually transmitted disease every year, with far fewer getting tested. For those in Columbus, Ohio who are sexually active, STD testing is a critical part of your overall health and wellness. If you haven’t recently been screened, or would like more information on your risk of STDs, schedule an appointment online or call the office today. Ohio Workers Compensation Provider

STD Testing Q & A

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What types of STD testing are available?

Many people wrongly assume that STD screening is part of their routine physical examinations. The only way to fully assess your sexual health is to receive a full panel of tests.

HPV

Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the most common type of sexually transmitted disease. Some types cause genital warts, while others result in cervical cancer. Testing for women includes a Pap smear to identify abnormal cells, then a specific HPV test. Men don't usually get screened unless they develop genital warts.

HIV

Human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, can be detected through a blood sample. While HIV rates are on the decline, the disease remains a serious public health issue, and testing is an integral part of staying healthy.

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C screening is done via blood sample. Hepatitis C screening is recommended for men and women born between 1945-1965.

Syphilis

Screening for syphilis involves either a blood sample or a swab of an existing genital sore. Screening is essential for avoiding late-stage outcomes like paralysis, blindness, or damage to your brain or nervous system.

Gonorrhea and Chlamydia

In women, screening is done through a urine test or a swab of cervical cells. In men, testing involves a urine test or swab inside the penis. Both of these STDs can be asymptomatic, so getting tested is the only way to know for sure.

Should I seek STD testing?

If you’re sexually active and haven’t been tested for STDs, getting screened is essential. You should also come in for testing in any of these circumstances:

  • You’re planning on having a new sexual relationship
  • You have more than one partner
  • You are experiencing symptoms
  • You suspect your partner has cheated
  • You don’t want to use condoms

Even if you’re in a mutually monogamous, long-term relationship, getting screened ensures that neither you or your partner is carrying a disease that was caught before your partnership.

What are the symptoms of an STD?

Different STDs have different symptoms. These are some of the more common signs and symptoms:

  • Painful urination
  • Discharge from the vaginal or penis
  • Genital itching or irritation
  • Sores or lumps in the genital area
  • Pain during sex

Many STD symptoms mimic those of other medical conditions, and some people experience no symptoms at all. That’s why so many people are unaware that they have an infection, and accidentally spread sexually transmitted diseases to others.

Making your health a priority by scheduling an STD screening at Gilead Primary Care North today.