STD Testing

Palm Valley Women's Care

Obstetrics and Gynecologist located in Phoenix, AZ & Avondale, AZ

As many as 1 in 2 sexually active persons contract some type of sexually transmitted disease (STD) by the age of 25. If you think you have an STD or are due for a routine screening, Miles Howard, MD, George Davidson, MD, and the compassionate team at Palm Valley Women’s Care in Phoenix and Avondale, Arizona, can help. Call your closest office directly to schedule an STD screening appointment today.

STD Testing Q & A

Why is STD testing important?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are highly contagious and can spread from vaginal or anal penetration, as well as oral sex. 

Routine STD screening for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis (to name a few), is important to prevent the spread of STDs, as well as to protect your fertility since some types of STDs can make you infertile. It’s especially important to undergo comprehensive STD testing if:

  • Your partner has been diagnosed with an STD
  • You have an abnormal discharge from your vagina
  • You’re feeling ill and develop body aches or a fever
  • You start experiencing burning, itching, or bumps near your vagina or inner thighs

These issues don’t necessarily mean that you have an STD, but they certainly warrant an evaluation from your OB/GYN to determine what’s causing them. 

What happens during STD testing?

Palm Valley Women’s Care proudly provides STD testing right in each of the office locations, so you can feel confident that you’re in capable hands. 

During your STD screening, your dedicated OB/GYN sits and has a conversation with you about your sexual health and any symptoms you may be experiencing. It’s important to be as open and honest as possible.

After your discussion, you need to undress from the waist down, lie back on the exam table, and place your feet in stirrups on either side of the table. Your OB/GYN needs to place a speculum into your vagina to hold open your vaginal walls. They use a specialized brush or swab to gather samples of cervical cells and any discharge you may have (much like a Pap smear).

Once your STD testing is complete, your OB/GYN might perform a pelvic exam to evaluate pain or inflammation in your reproductive organs. They may also request a blood draw to test for inflammation or additional STDs (including human immunodeficiency virus).

When will I get my results after STD testing?

It can take a week or two for the lab to process your specimens and blood. If you have positive results, the team at Palm Valley Women’s Care contacts you for a follow-up visit to discuss your results and get you started on treatment — often antibiotic or antiviral medications. 

Schedule your STD testing at Palm Valley Women’s Care by calling the office nearest you to book an STD evaluation.