STD Testing

STD Testing services offered in Lanham, MD

STD Testing

STD Testing services offered in Lanham, MD

Testing for sexually transmitted disease (STD) is a part of routine health for every sexually active individual. If you or a loved one needs STD testing, the team at Chivic Healthcare Services in Lanham, Maryland, is here to help. Schedule your confidential, one-on-one STD testing visit online or by phone at your earliest convenience.

STD Testing Q&A

What are some examples of common STDs?

Infections that spread through sexual contact are sexually transmitted diseases, also commonly referred to as sexually transmitted infections. There are many different types of STDs, some of which you’ve probably heard of and some that receive far less attention. 

Some examples of STDs include:

  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Syphilis
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Chlamydia
  • Herpes
  • Gonorrhea
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Trichomoniasis

This list is not comprehensive. There are dozens of different diseases that fall under the category of sexually transmitted diseases.

Why is STD testing so important?

If you’re sexually active, then STD testing should be part of your preventive health routines. The only way to get protection from STDs is to abstain from sex, including oral sex and intimate touching. The next best thing is to remain in a mutually monogamous sexual relationship in which both partners have had STD testing.  

While some types of STDs create symptoms, many do not. Some can cause damage long before you are aware that you’re infected, which includes causing issues with fertility. HPV infections are the leading cause of cervical cancer. 

The only way to know for sure that you do not have a sexually transmitted infection is with professional STD testing. The testing process is quick and easy, and it doesn’t take long for results to become available. 

What happens if my STD testing results show an infection?

If your testing reveals an infection, your practitioner discusses all available treatment options in detail. In many cases, a course of antibiotics is all that’s needed to clear up an STD. In other cases, additional medication is necessary to manage or cure the infection. 

Thanks to advancements in medical technology, there are now treatments for all types of STDs, including HIV/AIDS. With proper care, you can eliminate or properly manage these conditions. STD testing is the first step and a need that no one should overlook. 

Anytime you need STD testing, the team at Chivic Healthcare Services is here to help. Use the online booking tool to make an appointment, or call the office during business hours to check availability.