STD Testing

Gyne Health Women's Center

Women's Health and Wellness & Medical Weight Loss located in Alexandria, VA

If you’ve been sexually active and are experiencing unpleasant symptoms such as itching or pain in your vulvar, vaginal, or anal areas, you may have a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Compassionate nurse practitioners Joanna Sampson, FNP, NP, and Dr. Ashwina Sheth, test you for STDs In the comfort and safety of the Gyne Health Women's Center in Alexandria, Virginia. Don’t ignore uncomfortable symptoms because you’re afraid of an STD. Get an answer and the treatment you need by contacting the supportive staff at Gyne Health Women's Center team by phone or online.

STD Testing Q & A

What is STD testing?

Getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is a regular part of women’s health care. Even though social stigmas about STDs still exist, STDs are very common and treatable, especially if caught at an early stage. At Gyne Health Women's Center, your nurse tests you for a wide variety of STDs, including:

  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Herpes
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis
  • Chlamydia
  • Hepatitis
  • HIV/AIDs

If you have urogenital symptoms, your nurses also test for urinary tract infections (UTIs). 

How do I know if I have an STD?

Because women’s sexual organs are mostly internal, you may not have any noticeable symptoms. If you’ve had unprotected sex or have sex with multiple partners, you may need to be tested regularly. 

Signs that you have an STD include:

  • Foul-smelling or unusual looking vaginal discharge
  • Unpleasant vaginal odor
  • Unexplained itching in or around vagina or anus
  • Blisters, bumps, or other lesions in the vaginal or anal area
  • Abnormal bleeding between periods
  • Dark urine
  • Painful sex
  • Painful bowel movements or urination

An STD may cause systemic symptoms too. If you have an STD, you may feel fatigued or have a fever, and your lymph glands might be swollen.

How do gynecology professionals treat STDs?

Many STDs are cured with antibiotics or other treatments. STDs that are caused by viruses, such as herpes and HPV, require lifelong management with antiviral medications to minimize outbreaks and transmission. 

Treating STDs as soon as possible protects your health and your fertility. If you have an untreated STD and you’re pregnant, you could pass the infection to your baby.

How can I prevent STDs?

Next to abstinence, a mutually monogamous relationship in which both partners have been tested and are free of STDs is the best protection. Wearing male or female condoms during a sexual intercourse helps reduce the risk of STDs. However, some STDs such as herpes and HPV are transmitted through intimate skin-to-skin contact.

If you or your child is between the ages of 11 and 26, you can get a vaccine to prevent HPV. You may also benefit from an HPV vaccine if you’re older than 26 and have never been exposed to the virus.

To set up an appointment for STD testing, call the discreet, supportive team at Gyne Health Women's Center today or reach out online.