STD Testing Specialist

AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Alexandria

Primary Care Physicians located in Alexandria, VA

When you’re sexually active, having STD testing isn’t just recommended, it’s a necessity. AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care of Alexandria in Alexandria, Virginia, offers STD testing that’s customized for your needs. Syphilis, gonorrhea, and other STD tests are easily done in just minutes onsite. Most common STDs are effectively treated with a single dose of antibiotics. Your care providers also help with education so you can prevent STDs in the future. Book your appointment online or by phone now.

STD Testing Q & A

What are the symptoms of an STD?

Many STDs don’t cause a lot of symptoms, and often patients aren’t aware they have an STD until they’re tested. Some possible symptoms can include:

  • Genital burning or itching
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Pelvic pain
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Rash, bump, or sores in the genital area
  • Genital inflammation and swelling
  • Unusual vaginal or penile discharge
  • Painful intercourse

Some STDs linger in the body for years before they cause obvious health problems, so that’s why testing and early treatment is so important.

Should I have STD testing regularly?

All sexually active men and women should have STD tests as part of their routine wellness care. Your AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care of Alexandria care provider does STD testing during your men’s health exam, women’s health exam, or any other exam for your convenience. You can also get STD testing on-demand, even as a walk-in patient, if you’re concerned about recent exposure.

What is included in a standard STD panel?

The standard STD panel at AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care of Alexandria includes:

    • Syphilis: blood test
    • Gonorrhea: urine test or vaginal swab
    • Chlamydia: urine test or vaginal swab

  • Trichomoniasis: urine test or vaginal swab

Depending on your situation and testing needs, your care provider can test for all of the diseases above with just one blood sample and one urine or vaginal swab sample.

What is included in an extended STD panel?

An extended STD panel at AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care of Alexandria includes all the standard STD tests plus herpes, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.

Herpes testing varies depending on if you have a suspicious lesion. Blood tests detect herpes, but a swab from a genital lesion is sometimes the preferred diagnostic method. Hepatitis B and C are both detectable in a blood test.

When can I start STD treatment if I test positive?

You can start treatment the same day that you test positive for an STD. The majority of STDs are very treatable. Typically, your AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care of Alexandria care provider prescribes a single dose of antibiotics to successfully treat the disease. Even if an STD isn’t curable, your care provider can help you manage and prevent outbreaks in the best way possible.

For discreet, prompt, and private STD testing, rely on the AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care of Alexandria team. Schedule online or by phone today.