In an era when at least one-fifth of Americans have a sexually transmitted disease (STD), it’s important to get the information you need now. At Raritan Family Healthcare, in two locations in Raritan and Bedminster, New Jersey, you can get STD testing — and then a quick start to your treatment if needed. Same-day appointments and extended weekday and weekend hours are available for your convenience. To schedule your confidential STD testing, call the office nearest you or click the provided link now.
STD testing refers to checking for the presence of bacterial, viral, fungal, or parasitic infections transferred during sexual relations. You can pass STDs through oral, vaginal, and anal sex, and mothers can pass an STD to their child during birth as well.
In most cases, if you're sexually active, periodic STD testing is a good idea. It's particularly important to have STD testing if you have multiple sex partners, engage in unprotected sex, or if you learn that someone you've been sexually intimate with has an STD.
Many STDs don't cause any symptoms for a number of years. If you don't have STD testing, an infection could cause irreversible damage, like infertility or blindness, before you even know about it. That means you could spread the STD to other people unknowingly.
Raritan Family Healthcare can discuss your health and sex habits with you to determine whether you might need STD testing.
STD testing can check for many different infections. The most common STD tests look for:
Women's health exams usually check for human papillomavirus (HPV) through Pap or HPV testing.
The STD testing protocol depends on which infections you're testing for. Some tests (trichomoniasis and possibly gonorrhea) require a urine sample. Many others (syphilis, HIV, and possibly herpes) require a blood sample.
Certain STDs, including HPV, chlamydia, and possibly gonorrhea and herpes, require a swab test to collect a cell sample at the area of the possible infection.
In women's health exams, this requires a quick vaginal or cervical swab. In men's health exams, it requires a swab of the penis or urethra.
STD testing is very fast and is generally a painless process.
After your STD testing, you soon hear from Raritan Family Healthcare regarding your results. If you test positive for an STD, you receive counseling, medication, and anything else you need to get healthy.
Bacterial infections respond quickly to antibiotic medication. Viral STD symptoms, while not curable, are manageable with prescription medication.
Your medical provider at Raritan Family Healthcare may also recommend preventive measures like the HPV vaccine and safe sex practices to help you avoid STDs in the future.
For private STD testing, call Raritan Family Healthcare or book an appointment online today.