STD Testing

Physicians Medical Urgent Care

Urgent Care & Internal Medicine located in San Jose, CA

Getting screened for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is an important part of staying healthy. This is one of many services available from Sveltlana Burkhead, MD, and Ines Munoz De Laborde, MD, at Physicians Medical Urgent Care in San Jose, California. Don’t overlook this essential health need; getting STD testing is quick and easy. Call the office to set up a visit, try the easy online booking tool, or walk-in for immediate assistance.

STD Testing Q & A

What are some common sexually transmitted diseases?

There are many types of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), some of which are more common than others. Some examples of diseases that spread through sexual contact include:

  • Chlamydia
  • Syphilis
  • Gonorrhea
  • Mycoplasma genitalium
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Herpes
  • Scabies
  • Chancroid
  • Hepatitis B and C

Bacterial vaginosis is also an infection you may obtain after sexual intercourse.

Why do I need to get tested for STDs?

If you are sexually active, periodic STD testing should play a role in your ongoing health care routine. This is especially true if you have multiple partners or do not use condoms every time you engage in sexual activity. 

Many STDs don’t show symptoms, especially in the early stages. You or a partner could have an infection and have no idea. Some diseases remain asymptomatic for years, but there is still a possibility to transmit the infection to others. 

No matter how careful you are to protect yourself, the only way to completely eliminate the risk of STDs is to refrain from any form of sexual activity. This includes intimate touching, as some infections can spread through simple skin-to-skin contact.

The next best level of protection is to remain in a mutually monogamous relationship in which both partners have been tested for STDs. You can reduce your risk of contracting an STD by limiting your number of sexual partners and using male or female condoms during every sexual interaction. Dental dams can reduce the risk of infection during oral sex. 

What is the process for STD testing?

There are numerous ways to screen for STDs. Your Physicians Medical Urgent Care practitioner evaluates your risk level and suggests the options best suited for your needs. If you have symptoms, your screening options may differ. 

Some of the ways to detect STDs include:

  • Urine testing
  • Blood testing
  • Cheek swab
  • Physical exam
  • A swab of your vagina, penis, cervix, anus, urethra, or mouth
  • A swab of existing sores

Physicians Medical Urgent Care understands that STD testing can be stressful. Your results are confidential, and your practitioner makes every effort to get those results as quickly as possible. 

If you’d like to come in for STD testing, call Physicians Medical Urgent Care or schedule an appointment online at your earliest convenience. Walk-ins are also welcome.