Confidential STD Testing Questions and Answers
If you believe you have contracted an STD and require testing, look no further than Family Medicine Healthcare in Chesapeake, VA. Our doctors can offer discreet and professional STD testing. For more information, please call us or request an appointment online.
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Testing for a sexually transmitted disease (STD) is often a private matter for patients. As such, our doctors and healthcare professionals at Family Medicine Healthcare are committed to keeping STD testing confidential for our patients to honor their wishes. We are proud to provide our valued patients from Chesapeake, VA, and the surrounding area with safe, accurate, and discreet STD testing services for several different STDs at our clinic.
There are several different ways to test for STDs, depending on the symptoms the individual is experiencing and the STD that is being tested. With that in mind, the STDs can be tested in the following ways:
• Blood tests: either through a finger prick or by drawing blood from the arm, a blood sample is taken for STDs such as HIV, syphilis, hepatitis, or herpes if no symptoms are showing.
• Urinalysis: urine samples are taken to test for such STDs as chlamydia or gonorrhea
• Saliva swab: a sample of saliva is taken from the inside of the cheek using a cotton swab for such STDs as chlamydia or HIV
• Genital swab: a sample of genital fluid is taken to test for such STDs as trichomoniasis or HPV
• Swab of discharge or a sore: for cases of herpes that have visible sores, swabs can be taken to collect samples from the sores
STD tests check for particular bacteria and viruses that are commonly transmitted through sexual activity. With that in mind, STD tests check for the following illnesses and infections:
• Hepatitis A, B, or C
• Herpes simplex virus type 1 and type 2 (HSV-1 and HSV-2), including both genital and oral herpes
• Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)
• Human papillomavirus (HPV)
The symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease can be seen at varying lengths of time after a person initially becomes infected with the STD, depending on the specific STD and several other factors. In some cases, a person can be infected with an STD without showing any symptoms for months or even years. In general, if a person is infected with a virus or illness that is classified as an STD but does not show any symptoms of the virus or illness, it is referred to as a sexually transmitted infection (STI). If the individual does show symptoms of the illness or virus, it is referred to as an STD.
With that in mind, the respective symptoms of each STD can appear within the following periods of time after an initial infection:
• Chlamydia: seven to 21 days
• Genital herpes: two to 12 days
• Gonorrhea: one to 14 days
• Hepatitis A: 15-50 days
• Hepatitis B: eight to 22 weeks
• Hepatitis C: two to 26 weeks
• HIV: two to four weeks
• HPV: one month to 10 years, depending on the type
• Oral herpes: two to 12 days
• Syphilis: three weeks to 20 years, depending on the type
• Trichomoniasis: five to 28 days
If you would like more information about STD testing or are looking for a clinic that provides confidential STD testing in Chesapeake, VA, we welcome you to contact us at Family Medicine Healthcare. We would be happy to see you for an appointment, which can be made through our website, by calling us, or by visiting our clinic at 3925 Portsmouth Blvd in Chesapeake, VA, for a walk-in appointment.
We serve patients from Chesapeake VA, Portsmouth VA, Norfolk VA, Suffolk VA, Virginia Beach VA, and Hampton VA.