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.
At San Ramon Urgent Care & Clinic, Dr. Maheshwari typically tests for all of the most common STDs using a multi-STD panel. These include:
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.
While STDs don't always have symptoms, especially in their earlier stages, there are some signs to be aware of:
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.
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.
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!