STD Testing Specialist

Capital Women's Care Howard County

OBGYNs located in Fulton, MD

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) don’t show any symptoms most of the time, so getting tested is the only way to know whether or not you have one. Marvin Davis, MD, FACOG and Christine Richards, MD, FACOG at Capital Women's Care Howard County located in Fulton, MD, offer in-office STD testing to confirm your status. If you’re looking for a professional STD test, call Capital Women's Care Howard County, or book an appointment online today.

STD Testing Q&A

How do I know if I have an STD?

In many cases, STDs don’t cause signs or symptoms, so you or your partner can have one without knowing it. Even though they may not create symptoms, STDs can still spread through sexual contact.

When STDs do cause symptoms, they vary depending on the type of infection. Common STD signs and symptoms include:

  • Sores or bumps on or around your genitals
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal itching, pain, or irritation
  • Painful urination
  • Flu-like symptoms such as fever and body aches

All of these symptoms may be caused by something other than an STD. Getting tested at Capital Women’s Care is the only way to know for sure if you have an STD and what type.

When should I get an STD test?

If you’re sexually active and you or your partner have had multiple partners, it’s a good idea to talk to your provider at Capital Women’s Care about getting tested.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends different routine STD testing guidelines based on individual factors, such as your age, health status, and sexual history.

The most convenient way to find out which STD tests you need, and how often, is to discuss your concerns with a knowledgeable Capital Women’s Care provider. They recommend the necessary tests based on risk factors, such as:

  • Any symptoms of STDs you may have
  • The number of sexual partners you’ve had
  • How often you use protection, such as condoms
  • Whether you or your partner has ever had an STD

What does STD testing involve?

STD tests are generally quick and easy. Certain tests, such as genital herpes or syphilis, may require a small blood sample, but most are completely painless.

Your OB/GYN at Capital Women’s Care can test you for the following STDs:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis
  • HIV
  • HPV
  • Genital herpes
  • Trichomoniasis

Depending on the test, they may ask for a urine sample or collect a cell sample by swabbing your genital area during a pelvic exam. HIV testing may involve a blood sample or swab of the inside of your mouth.

To learn more about what STD tests you may need, call or click online to schedule an appointment at Capital Women’s Care.

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