STD Testing Q & A
Who should get STD testing?
Generally, you should get tested for STDs when you first become sexually active and each time you have intercourse with a new partner. If you notice any changes like vaginal bumps, itching, or discharge, or you have other unexplained symptoms, you should also get tested.
That said, many STDs don’t have symptoms, so you can’t assume you don’t have an STD unless you get tested after each new sexual partner.
Which STDs should I get tested for?
Your OB/GYN Associates of Miami provider talks with you about your specific risk factors, like a family history of specific conditions or history with a partner with an STD. Then they can recommend the right STD testing for you.
The team also aligns with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC recommends testing for:
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
The CDC says everyone should get tested for HIV at least once between ages 13 and 64. Pregnant women should also be tested for HIV.
Chlamydia and gonorrhea
Sexually active women under 25 should get tested for these conditions annually. Women 25 and older should continue annual testing if they have multiple partners during the year. The CDC also recommends that pregnant women get tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea early in their pregnancies.
Syphilis and hepatitis B
Pregnant women should be tested for both of these conditions early in pregnancy.
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
All women should get screened for this virus, which increases your risk for cervical cancer. Screening can be done on a regular basis between the ages of 21 and 65. Pap smears screen you for HPV.
What should I expect during STD testing?
Your provider at OB/GYN Associates of Miami uses different tests depending on the STD they’re testing for. They may need a urine sample or a blood sample, or they may perform a pelvic exam. Your provider talks you through the specific test so you know what to expect.
They also let you know how long you should expect to wait for your test results. If your test comes back positive, your OB/GYN Associates of Miami doctor educates you about the STD and works with you to determine your next steps.
To schedule your STD testing with a knowledgeable, caring team, call OB/GYN Associates of Miami or make your appointment online today.