STD Testing

MyNP Professionals -  - Family Medicine

MyNP Professionals

Family Medicine located in Brown Deer, WI

STD testing is not only necessary if you have symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease, but regular checks should be part of your health care routine if you’re sexually active. Some STDs don’t present with obvious symptoms, but by having yourself tested at MyNP Professionals in Brown Deer, Wisconsin, led by Dr. Rosalyn McFarland, DNP, RN, APNP, FNP-BC, and her partner Clarissa Lawrence MSN, RN, APNP, FNP-BC, NP-C, you can find out for sure whether you’re clear or not. Call the clinic today to arrange your check-up, or book an appointment using the online tool.

STD Testing

What is STD testing?

STD stands for sexually transmitted disease, which means an infection caught as a result of engaging in sexual activity. STDs include:

  • Chlamydia
  • Genital herpes
  • Gonorrhea
  • Hepatitis
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Syphilis

To confirm the presence or absence of an STD, you need to undergo tests to determine if an infection is present. Testing for STDs enables patients to receive the right treatment and ensure they take precautions to stop the infection spreading.

How do I know if I need testing for STDs?

You may experience symptoms that cause you to suspect an STD, for example:

  • Sores or warts on the genitals or near the mouth
  • Swelling or redness around the genitals
  • Rashes in the groin area
  • Pain when urinating
  • Discharge from the vagina or penis
  • Bleeding from the vagina between periods
  • Painful intercourse
  • Itching around the genitals

You may also experience other symptoms such as fevers, aches, pains, jaundice, weight loss, and sweating that aren’t obvious signs of an STD.  

Some STDs don’t cause troubling symptoms, but you can still transmit them to a new partner, so without having regular testing, you could be passing on an infection without being aware you have the problem yourself.

If you’re sexually active and aren’t in a monogamous relationship, you should get tested for STDs at least once a year, and more frequently if you participate in high-risk activities such as having multiple partners.

What kinds of tests identify STDs?

No single test can identify every STD, so several different testing methods are available. Dr. McFarland orders the most appropriate test in your case, depending on your physical symptoms. Potential testing methods for STDs are:

  • Viral culture
  • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test
  • Blood test
  • Urine test

Viral cultures and PCR tests use samples of cells taken from a sore or lesion on your skin, so you’d need to be showing symptoms for these tests to work.

The best way to prevent yourself from catching an STD is by abstaining from sex or only having sex within a monogamous relationship. If you’re sexually active and aren’t monogamous, you should take precautions against infection such as always using a condom during intercourse.

Although STDs are treatable, some are incurable, and others can cause serious long-term health consequences. Protect yourself against the harmful effects of sexually transmitted diseases by practicing safe sex and visiting MyNP Professionals for regular STD testing. Call the clinic today, or book an appointment online.