Each year, more than 20 million Americans are diagnosed with STDs. If you’re sexually active with multiple partners, it’s important to regularly undergo STD testing. At Sunnylane Medical Clinic, Brad Peterson, APRN, offers convenient, affordable testing in a welcoming and private environment. To make an appointment at the practice in Del City, Oklahoma, call the office or click the online booking tool.

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What is STD testing?

STD testing analyzes samples of bodily fluids, like blood or saliva, to diagnose sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). STDs are common, but many present few obvious symptoms. That means you might be at risk, but not realize it.

When untreated, STDs increase the risk of potentially serious issues, including:

  • Infertility
  • Cancer
  • Blindness
  • Organ damage

If you’re a sexually active individual, routine STD testing can preserve your well-being and provide peace of mind.

What conditions does STD testing screen for?

The providers at Sunnylane Medical Clinic use STD testing to screen for various conditions, including:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Syphilis
  • Hepatitis B
  • Trichomoniasis

You might also benefit from STD testing if you’ve been exposed to someone with genital herpes.

Who can benefit from STD testing?

Anyone who is sexually active with multiple partners can benefit from STD testing. That’s particularly true if you’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant. Certain STDs can affect the health of your fetus, so it’s important to get screened.

While talking about your sexual health might seem intimidating, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. The providers at Sunnylane Medical Clinic are welcoming and non-judgmental. They simply want to see you live a healthy and happy life.

What should I tell my doctor before STD testing?

To get the most out of your STD test, talk to your Sunnylane Medical Clinic provider about your sex life. Let them know:

  • The type of protection you use
  • The medications and supplements you regularly take
  • If you’ve been exposed to someone with an STD
  • If you and your partner have multiple partners

In addition, let your provider know if you have anal sex. This type of intercourse increases the risk of certain STDs.

What does STD testing involve?

At Sunnylane Medical Clinic, STD testing is an outpatient procedure that takes less than half an hour. Following an exam and a discussion of your sexual history, your provider orders a series of tests. Depending on your needs, that might include blood tests, urine samples, or swabs.

After collecting the samples, your provider sends them to a laboratory. At the laboratory, trained technicians analyze your samples. If your results come back positive, your provider designs a custom treatment plan to prevent it from spreading or getting worse.

To explore the benefits of convenient and affordable STD testing, make an appointment at Sunnylane Medical Clinic by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.