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Getting Tested for STDs

Apr 6, 2016

Whether you are just entering into a relationship and want to get tested for STDs or you have had unprotected sex recently, it is important to get tested for STDs. Sexually transmitted disease (STD) screening is available from a gynecologist right here at Metropolitan Family Planning Clinic. Here we provide a wide range of different tests so you can have peace of mind while maintaining your health.

Do You Need a Test?

Even if you have no symptoms, you could be the carrier of an STD. Prior to engaging in sex with an untested partner, it is vital to get tested. It is also important to be tested following unprotected sex with an untested partner. The test could reveal positive results that would need to be addressed immediately. Some of the symptoms which may prompt you to get tested include sores on the genitals, unusual discharge, burning, and itching when urinating.

How to Get Tested

At Metropolitan Family Planning Clinic, we can provide you with an STD test in our clinic. Sexually transmitted disease (STD) screening is not a standard part of the gynecological exam and must be requested separately. However the testing process is relatively easy and simple and can yield results in a very short amount of time.

The Testing Process

If you have never had sexually transmitted disease (STD) screening before, you may wonder what the testing process involves. Testing for STDs can be done in a number of different ways including a physical exam, a urine sample, tissue swab,or blood test. In some instances, a diagnosis can be made directly following your physical exam and based on the symptoms you are experiencing. In the event that a sample needs to be sent out for testing, the results can be received in a few days and up to a few weeks depending on the testing.

Is Parental Consent Needed?

If the patient is under 18 years of age, parental consent is not required to perform sexually transmitted disease (STD) screening. However some clinics do require that a parent be present in the event of a health examination.

Scheduling sexually transmitted disease (STD) screening with Metropolitan Family Planning Clinic is a simple process. Simply give us a call at the location nearest you to schedule a convenient appointment time to receive testing.