STD Testing & Treatment
Whether you are seeking routine testing or are worried that you may have an STD, our medical and counseling team is here for you. Based on a personalized risk assessment, we provide women with STD testing for a wide range of STDs and treatment options depending on your results. We offer you a safe and confidential space to process decisions related to your sexual health.
WHAT TO EXPECT
At your appointment, we will take you through a health risk assessment to determine which tests are appropriate for you and discuss any concerns you may have. A standard appointment is about 60 to 90 minutes long, and may include a urinalysis, possible blood draw and pelvic exam.
Our medical staff provides personalized care based on your needs. Depending on your health and risk factors, our providers may test you for the following:
- Bacterial vaginosis
- Herpes (if open sores are present)
- Urinary tract infection
- Yeast infection
At the conclusion of your initial appointment, we will schedule your results appointment. Typically, this is offered through our secure and confidential telehealth platform for your convenience.
What is an STD?
An STD is a sexually transmitted disease, also known as an STI, for sexually transmitted infection. There are three main types of STDs: bacterial, viral and parasitic.
STDs are transmitted through oral, vaginal or anal sex and/or through body fluids.
Can STDs be cured?
Bacterial and parasitic STDs may be treated and cured; however, viral STDs can be treated but are not usually curable. Since many have no symptoms, STDs left undetected and untreated can impact your future health.
What is the impact of having an STD?
While contracting an STD can impact a person physically, we also know that it can impact a person mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Many people who have had an STD express concern about their current and future relationships. We want you to know having an STD doesn’t change your value or worth. We are here to help you navigate open dialogue around this topic.
How do I avoid an STD?
The only completely effective way to avoid STDs is to not have vaginal, anal or oral sex.
How do I reduce my risk?
- Use a new condom, consistently and correctly, for every act of vaginal, anal and oral sex from start to finish.
- Reduce your number of sexual partners.
- Limit or eliminate drug and alcohol use before and during sex.
- Have an honest and open talk with your healthcare provider and ask whether you should be tested for STDs.
- Have an honest and open conversation with your partner regarding your sexual health. Even though it might feel uncomfortable, advocating for your health matters.
- Reflect whether your choices around your sexual health are aligned with your goals for your future and your future relationships.
When it comes to your sexual health, we offer an integrative approach that is interested in supporting you as an individual and helping you achieve whole person wellness as you work towards your optimal health goals.