STD Testing

San Ramon Urgent Care & Clinic -  - Primary Care Physician

Rajesh Maheshwari, MD

Primary Care Physician & Urgent Care located in East Bay, San Ramon, CA

STD Testing Specialist
Avoiding STD testing won't make symptoms -- or the nagging worries about possible STD exposure -- go away. Testing is quick, simple, and easy at San Ramon Urgent Care & Clinic in San Ramon, California. Dr. Rajesh Maheshwari delivers primary and urgent care help with compassion, understanding, and attention to patient privacy. Be proactive about your sexual health: Call or click to schedule your appointment today.

STD Testing Q & A

by Rajesh Maheshwari, MD

Who needs to be tested for STDs?

If you're sexually active, you should receive testing for STDs on a regular basis.

STD testing is especially important because STDs are often not apparent in their early stages. It's possible to be infected and be utterly unaware of it, which means that you could eventually develop serious health problems and pass on the STD to others without knowing.

Which STDs are included in multi-STD panels?

At San Ramon Urgent Care & Clinic, Dr. Maheshwari typically tests for all of the most common STDs using a multi-STD panel. These include:

  • Chlamydia
  • Hepatitis A, B, and C
  • Herpes
  • HIV
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis

Some other common STDs -- namely Trichomonas and HPV -- aren't part of an STD panel but are advisable if a patient is in a high-risk group. If Dr. Maheshwari recommends these tests, he can easily and quickly perform these tests during the same appointment.

What are the STD signs to watch for?

While STDs don't always have symptoms, especially in their earlier stages, there are some signs to be aware of:

  • Severe cramping outside of menstruation or ovulation times
  • Pain while urinating
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Spotting between menstrual periods
  • Vaginal discharge that smells or has an unusual color

The signs above aren't an automatic indicator of an STD -- but they are a cause for concern. If you have one or more of these signs, arrange an appointment with Dr. Maheshwari to get tested as soon as possible.

How frequently should STD testing be done?

STD testing should be done annually for all sexually active patients. For patients who are at higher risk for STDs due to sexual practices or past STDs, tests may be needed more frequently depending upon Dr. Maheshwari's recommendations.

How long does an STD test take?

An STD test takes only minutes. At San Ramon Urgent Care & Clinic, on-site blood- and urine-testing are both available and can be done very quickly. An STD test can be part of an annual wellness exam, a well-woman visit, or any other check-up for your convenience.

Need a discreet and fast STD test? San Ramon Urgent Care & Clinic can help. Make an appointment anytime through the online appointment tool!

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