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STD Testing

STD Testing services offered in Paramus, NJ

STD Testing

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a serious public health problem and, when not treated, can cause long-term medical issues for women. The women’s health specialists at Feminine Urgicare in Paramus, New Jersey, provide comprehensive and confidential STD testing. The women’s health clinic understands the importance of early STD detection and treatment to prevent complications. Call Feminine Urgicare today or use the online scheduling tool to book your STD testing appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome for same-day STD testing.

What are the long-term complications of STDs?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are serious infections that can lead to long-term health problems if left untreated, such as infertility, cancer, and birth defects. Though anyone can get an STD, women are at greater risk of developing these chronic health issues.

STDs are any bacterial, fungal, parasitic, or viral infection passed from person to person through sexual intercourse or contact. Common STDs include:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Hepatitis B and C
  • HIV
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Syphilis
  • Genital herpes
  • Trichomoniasis

STDs are common, affecting millions of Americans every year. 

When should I have STD testing?

If you’re sexually active, you should consider STD testing. You can’t count on symptoms to alert you that something is wrong. STDs may not cause symptoms, or the symptoms may come and go without you realizing you have an infection. 

In general, Feminine Urgicare recommends STD testing for:

  • Sexually active women with new or multiple sexual partners
  • Pregnant women
  • Sexually active people who have unprotected sex
  • People with HIV

The frequency of your STD testing depends on your sexual history. However, it is recommended for women 25 and younger to get tested every year for chlamydia and gonorrhea. 

It is also recommended to have HPV testing at age 30. HPV is a very common STD, and certain strains cause cervical cancer. Women can combine the HPV test with their Pap smear. 

You should get tested for STDs if you have unusual symptoms like vaginal pain or itching, a change in vaginal discharge, or visible sores or bumps in the genital area. Testing is also recommended if a sexual partner tests positive for an STD. 

What happens during STD testing?

The specifics of your STD testing at Feminine Urgicare depend on your personal situation. Your provider asks about your concerns and symptoms and reviews your sexual and gynecological history.

They talk to you about STDs and the tests you need. They may collect blood, urine, or vaginal secretions and send the samples to the lab for analysis. 

When can I expect results from STD testing?

The specialists at Feminine Urgicare explain when you can expect results from your STD testing at the time of your appointment. Your provider calls you when the results come back, explains what your results mean, and provides recommendations on what to do to protect your sexual health.

If you test positive for an STD, Feminine Urgicare prescribes medications to clear up or manage the infection. 

STD testing is important for reproductive health. Call Feminine Urgicare today or schedule an appointment online.