What Is An STD?
A sexually transmitted disease (STD) or infection (STI) can be passed between people engaged in sexual activities. While most STDs are easily and quickly cured, some can cause serious long-term consequences, including infertility and life-threatening conditions, if they are not treated soon enough.
Typical sexually transmitted diseases include:
These infections are caused by viruses, parasites and bacteria that can be transmitted through sexual contact (including manual and oral), and exposure to blood, through childbirth or sharing needles.
How Do I Know I Have An STD?
The best and fastest way to accurately know if you have an STD is by visiting AllCare Family Medicine And Urgent Care in Tysons Corner and speaking with our healthcare professionals. Some signs of STDs to look out for include:
If you have any of the above symptoms, don’t wait for it to get worse. Visit us and get a prompt check-up, so you can receive rapid treatment and avoid serious consequences later on.
Any form of sexual contact and blood transmission can place you at risk of contracting an STD. While practicing safe sex can mitigate the risk, the following factors may increase it:
What does the typical STD test include?
Our standard package tests for the most common STDs, including:
Through painless blood, urine and genital swab tests, our in-house laboratory can accurately and rapidly detect for the presence of STDs using the latest advancements and technologies.
If you are experiencing any discomforts or believe you may have been exposed to other STDs, for more in depth results, please discuss the possibility of further tests with our experienced staff.
How do you treat an STD?
Depending on the results of your STD tests, your care provider will offer the most appropriate treatment. For diseases caused by yeast, parasites or bacteria—including the most common gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia and trichomoniasis—treatment can involve as little as a single course of antibiotics. Some STDs, such as those caused by viruses, currently have no cure but treatment and medication can reduce their serious consequences and make living with them painless.