Many sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be in your system for a long time without you ever noticing due to their lack of symptoms. It’s important to discuss your STD testing needs with your primary care provider according to your risks, and the team at Monarch Health Services, Inc. in West Palm Beach, Florida, can ensure you receive the safe and nonjudgmental testing services you need. Schedule your next appointment for STD testing over the phone or online at Monarch Health Services, Inc. today.

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What is STD testing?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that spread from person to person through any kind of sexual contact. That includes oral, anal, and vaginal sex. STD testing is a way of identifying STDs, which may cause few or no symptoms while still being actively contagious.

A few of the most common STDs, which all have tests you can get at Monarch Health Services, Inc. according to your provider’s recommendations, are:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Genital herpes
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Syphilis

Though it’s not an STD, hepatitis C testing is also available at Monarch Health Services, Inc. Hepatitis C primarily spreads through blood contact such as shared needles but can spread via sexual contact on some occasions.

You should be honest when telling your provider about your sexual history so they can recommend STD tests based on your needs. Contrary to some myths, STDs are treatable, and testing is the first step toward getting any treatment you need.

How does STD testing work?

There are a few different types of STD tests. For each STD test you get, the team at Monarch Health Services, Inc. lets you know what to expect and how long it will take to get your results. STD tests can involve:

Blood testing

Some STDs can be accurately detected in your blood. Your provider draws a modest sample of your blood and tests it in a lab for particular STDs.

Urinalysis

Sometimes, a urine test is the best choice for STD testing. Monarch Health Services, Inc. primarily uses urinalysis for bacterial STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea.

Swabs

Your provider might decide to use a swab to test for certain STDs, such as if you have a sore/blister. A swab test collects a fluid or cell sample using a sterile cotton swab.

When should I get STD testing?

Regular STD testing is essential for anyone who is sexually active in any capacity. You should be as open and honest as possible while discussing your sexual history and habits with your provider at Monarch Health Services, Inc., so they can recommend the appropriate tests.

You should schedule a visit at Monarch Health Services, Inc. for STD testing when:

  • You’re sexually active
  • You have a new sexual partner
  • You have multiple sexual partners
  • You’re pregnant

The team at Monarch Health Services, Inc. educates you on various STDs and tells you which tests are most important for you to get according to your circumstances. They may also recommend STD testing as part of your annual physical exam.

Schedule your next appointment for STD testing at Monarch Health Services, Inc. over the phone or online today.