Dealing with a sexually transmitted disease (STD) is difficult, but sometimes the hardest part is just getting tested. At Huntington Beach Urgent Care, Dr. Barry Schwartz and his team make STD testing a painless, anonymous, and comfortable process. If you live in or are visiting Huntington Beach, California, contact the office today for more information or click the booking button to schedule a visit online
Despite the fear and anxiety you might have around STD testing, the process is generally simple and painless. First, you’ll briefly speak with Dr. Schwartz about your sexual history and any symptoms you’re experiencing. This helps him determine which STD tests are most appropriate.
Next, he might collect your urine, a cheek swab, blood, or a tissue sample from your genitals. Using the fast and efficient in-house lab, he tests these samples against common STDs. You may get results of your test the same day, or within a few days.
If you need birth control, condoms, or other resources to practice safe sex, he can also help you with those needs at your appointment.
It’s scary to test positive for any sexually transmitted disease. With the right care, however, it’s easy to heal from most STDs and prevent transmission to another person.
If you do test positive, Dr. Schwartz can recommend a course of action, which may include:
It’s important to complete your treatment as prescribed and to follow instructions for taking any medication. If you don’t, it’s possible you won’t fully eliminate the STD, even if you stop experiencing symptoms.
There is generally a period of time where you should refrain from sexual intercourse if STD testing shows a positive result. This varies with each person. It’s best to schedule a follow-up appointment with Dr. Schwartz or your primary care physician to make sure your symptoms are gone, and that you are not contagious anymore. If you’re unsure, wait until you’ve spoken with a medical expert before resuming sexual activity.
It’s helpful if you can talk about your experience with your partner or a trusted friend, and to ensure you have a plan for preventing STDs in the future.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease, contact Huntington Beach Urgent Care for fast and anonymous STD testing. Book an appointment online with the one-click scheduling tool or call the office.