STD Testing

STD Testing Los Angeles

STD testing:

STDs, or sexually transmitted diseases, are infections that are passed from one person to another via sexual contact such as vaginal intercourse, anal sex or oral sex. STD screening can be done at your annual wellness exam or at any other time that you have a concern.

The following STD’s can be detected via a vaginal swab:  HPV, Chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and trichomonas.  Blood tests are required to identify the following STDs:  syphilis, HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C.  A visual exam by your doctor can detect crabs, genital warts, and scabies.

Proper use of condoms greatly reduces the risk of most STDs.  However, the condom will only protect the area that it covers.  Therefore, it is important that new partners should be testing prior to initiating sexual contact.

Infection Symptoms Treatment
HPV type 6 and 8 Genital Warts Prescription cream or acid therapy
HPV, other types Abnormal Pap Observation or destruction of lesions
Chlamydia Vaginal Discharge
Painful Urination
Herpes Blisters
Antiviral medications
Gonorrhea Vaginal discharge
Painful Urination
Syphilis Ulcers on the Skin Antibiotics
Trichomonas Brown vaginal discharge Antibiotics
HIV Asymptomatic for years, then immune system dysfunction Anti-retrovirals
Crabs/Scabies Itching
Lotions and Shampoos