I have no symptoms. Should I still get tested for STDs and STIs?
Absolutely! Many STDs and STIs do not show symptoms for months or years. Regular STD testing, even if you’re showing no symptoms, is recommend to make sure you and your partners are healthy and safe.
What are common symptoms of STDs and STIs?
Symptoms of STDs and STIs vary widely, even from person to person. You may experience pain during intercourse or urination, discharge from the urethra or vagina, blood in your urine, and rashes or swelling. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to get tested for STDs and STIs soon so you can begin treatment if necessary.
How accurate are STD tests?
Modern STD an STI tests are incredibly accurate, but nothing is 100%. Some STIs may not show up in test results for weeks or months. At Shenandoah Women’s Healthcare we use the most reliable and trusted tests available and will help you understand the results and will recommend further testing if needed to confirm a diagnosis.
What if I test positive for an STD or STI?
Depending on your test results, we can help you decide on a treatment plan and will answer all of your questions. It’s normal to feel upset, angry, or even ashamed. We will help you understand what you’re feeling and help you make the best choice for your own health and the health of your sexual partners.
What’s the difference between different forms of contraception?
When you meet with one of our practitioners, we can tell you more about the advantages, drawbacks, and proper use of different forms of contraception including hormonal birth control pills, IUDs, and condoms. Choosing the best form of contraception is a personal decision and we can make sure you have all the information you need to make a decision that’s best for you.
How long will it take to get results for STD and STI testing?
Your STD and STI test results will be available in about 7-10 days. We generally recommend a follow-up appointment to discuss the test results with your physician.