What To Expect at an STD Test
Sexually-transmitted diseases, commonly known as STDs or STIs, are extremely common. Many STDs go unreported, but if left untreated they could cause more serious health issues in the future. If you have any concerns about a possible infection, it is important to visit a healthcare provider to receive STD testing.
Testing can be quick and easy. Getting tested guarantees not only your own well-being, but the well-being of your current and any future partners as well. You can request STD testing at any FirstCall Medical Center and expect confidential and compassionate treatment.
What STD tests do urgent cares provide?
At FirstCall Medical Center, we provide a variety of tests. During your visit, a healthcare provider will ask you a series of questions in order to determine which test or tests are most appropriate for your situation.
These questions are necessary to make sure your provider knows which STD test is right for you. With our on-site lab, we are able to deliver your results as fast as possible. Our services test for the following STDs:
- Hepatitis C
How should I prepare for my STD test?
Depending on what test your doctor performs, you may be required to undergo a urine test, a cheek swab, blood testing, a physical exam, and /or using a swab to gently take discharge or cell samples from your penis, vagina, urethra, cervix, anus, or throat.
When you come in for STD testing, your medical history will be reviewed so we can check your overall health. There’s nothing specific you need to do to prepare for STD testing, besides being as open and honest as possible with your provider. Being honest with your responses is the best way to guarantee the right test is administered to you.
It helps us narrow down the possible type of STD if you can tell us:
- When your symptoms appeared
- Where they were located on your body, if applicable
- How your symptoms felt
- How long the symptoms lasted
- How many partners you have been with, or are currently sexually active with
- If you practice safe sex and use protection
STD Testing at FirstCall Medical Center
If your test results come back positive for an STD, the best thing to do is follow your healthcare provider’s advice and directions for treating it. You should also tell anyone you’re sexually active with, so they can get tested and treated as well. FirstCall Medical Center is here for you! Our clinic provides compassionate STD testing seven days a week, making the process as easy as possible. Don’t put off STD testing– walk-in to the clinic today, or call us at (410) 730-3399 if you have any additional questions.