STD Testing Specialist

VitalCare Medical

Board Certified Pediatricians & Internal Medicine & Aesthetics located in Pearland, TX

The CDC estimates 19 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) occur every year, but you can protect yourself by getting checked. Thang Hoang, MD, and his experienced team at VitalCare Medical offer confidential and prompt STD testing for patients. For thorough, accurate STD testing results, call the Pearland, Texas, practice today or schedule an appointment online.

STD Testing Q & A

What’s a sexually transmitted disease (STD)?

When you have unprotected sex, you increase your risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD). An STD is an infectious illness that you can contract through vaginal and anal penetration or during oral sex.

You can also spread or contract STDs via skin-to-skin contact or through intravenous drug use. It’s also possible to pass STDs to your unborn child during pregnancy or through breastfeeding.

Different types of STDs include:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Herpes 1+2
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis

What are common signs and symptoms of STDs?

STD symptoms vary depending on the type. Many STDs are “silent,” meaning they don’t present symptoms right away. Some symptoms include:

  • Sores or bumps around your vagina, thighs, or buttocks
  • Painful urination, or having to urinate a lot
  • Itching, pain, irritation, or swelling in your vagina, vulva, or anus
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Flu-like symptoms like fever, body aches, swollen glands, or fatigue

Many times STD symptoms can resemble other conditions, so seeing Dr. Hoang is important for proper diagnosis and treatment.

A test is the only way to know if you’ve been infected. This is because most STDs don’t always have noticeable symptoms. If they go untreated, it can lead to further health complications you might experience the rest of your life. When you get tested, not only do you protect yourself, but you protect your partner as well.

What can you expect when getting tested for an STD?

Getting tested can be quick, easy, and painless. Unfortunately, there isn’t one test that screens for all STDs, so depending on what you’re being tested for, Dr. Hoang may take a blood sample, a swab, or ask you to pee in a cup. You can usually receive your results within 48-72 hours.

How often should you get checked for STDs?

The frequency of testing depends on your risk factors. These include things like having unprotected sex, your number of sexual partners, using intravenous drugs, or having sex with an at-risk person.

Regardless if you have symptoms of an STD, Dr. Hoang highly recommends getting tested for STDs at least once a year for those who are sexually active.

If you’re concerned you might have recently contracted an STD, Dr. Hoang recommends getting tested three weeks from the day you had sex and again after three months.

If you’ve had more than one partner in the last year, or if you’ve had unprotected sex, you should schedule an appointment to get checked for STDs. Call Dr. Hoang at VitalCare Medical or schedule an appointment online today.