Confidential STD Testing Questions and Answers
If you believe you may have contracted an STD and require testing, look no further than East County Urgent Care. Our doctors can offer discreet and professional STD testing. Call us for more information. We serve patients from El Cajon CA, Wells Park CA, Rancho San Diego CA, Hillsdale CA, Alpine CA, Santee CA, and Jamul CA.
Getting tested for a sexually transmitted disease or infection (STD or STI) is a highly personal thing, that is why our staff at East County Urgent Care. As such, we are committed to providing a safe and discreet environment for you to receive confidential STD testing at our urgent care clinic.
Are STD tests confidential?
In the majority of cases, the test results for sexually transmitted diseases and infections are confidential. However, this is not always the case, depending on the state and age of the patient. In other cases, STD tests may not be automatically confidential and may require that the patient informs the physician of their wish to keep the results confidential. At East County Urgent Care in El Cajon, CA, we are happy to provide confidential STD testing to our patients. The entire testing process is compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which means that your lab results and medical information will be kept automatically and completely confidential.
How do you test for STDs?
Depending on the type of sexually transmitted disease or infection and where it is located, there are several different ways that STDs and STIs are tested. As such, STDs and STIs can be tested in the following ways:
- Blood tests: a medical professional or lab technician will draw a small vial of blood, most likely from your arm, using a small needle. If you are getting tested for multiple STDs, they will take multiple vials. After the blood sample has been taken, it will be sent to a medical laboratory for testing. Results can take between seven to ten days to come back, at which point you will be notified by your primary care physician or one of our board-certified urgent care doctors at East County Urgent Care.
- Swab tests: a medical professional or lab technician will use a long swab resembling a Q-tip to take a fluid sample from the anus, cheek, throat, or vagina, depending on where the STD or STI is most likely to be found. Results typically come back from swab tests within one week.
- Urine tests: with a urine test, the individual getting tested will be directed to a private room and asked to pee into a collection cup or tube. A medical professional or lab technician will take the urine sample and send it off to a medical laboratory, after which results should come back within one week.
In some cases, STDs can be detected and diagnosed with a simple visual inspection, especially in cases of genital warts or pubic lice.
What types of diseases do STD tests check for?
STD tests check an individual’s blood, urine, or other bodily substance for the presence of disease or infections that are primarily transmitted through sexual activity. Some of these diseases or infections include the following:
- Hepatitis A, B, and C (HepA, HepB, and HepC)
- Herpes simplex virus type-1 and -2 (HSV-1 and HSV-2)
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Pubic lice (crabs)
How soon can you see symptoms of an STD?
Symptoms of an STD can show up anywhere from a few days after the initial infection to years later, depending on the type of STD or STI. With that being said, the following is a list of STDs and when symptoms can appear with them, in general:
- Chlamydia: within two to three weeks
- Genital herpes: four to seven days, but could be months or years later
- Genital warts: three weeks to several months or years
- Gonorrhea: within two weeks, but could be months or years later
- Hep A: within two weeks to two months
- Hep B: within two to six months
- Hep C: within two weeks to seven months
- HIV: within two to six weeks
- HPV one month to several years
- Pubic lice: several weeks
- Syphilis: within two to three weeks, but could occur much later
- Trichomoniasis: within four weeks, but could occur months later
East County Urgent care offers confidential lab test for diagnosis of Sexually Transmitted Diseases or STD. We provide the following tests at East County Urgent Care:
Sexually Transmitted Disease is very common in the united states, and all adults who are sexually active can be infected. One in two sexually active persons will contract an STD by age 25. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that nearly 20 million new STDs occur every year in the USA, half of those among young people aged 15–24. STD is transmitted through intimate physical contact. Some of the Sexually Transmitted Diseases do not have obvious symptoms. However, they may cause serious health issues for the patients if not treated promptly. For an STD test, you can use an Urgent Care such as East County Urgent Care that offers those tests.
Our medical team at East County Urgent Care in El Cajon provide hassle-free STD testing without a need for an appointment. The whole process is HIPPA compliant, and your medical information and lab results will be confidential. Our board-certified Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine Doctors will discuss the test results with you and advise on the best course of action for treatment.
Please contact East County Urgent Care if you have any question.
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