Confidential STD Testing Specialist Q&A
STDs should not go untreated, so come to Safe Care Express Urgent Care for STD testing today! We offer discreet care and fast results. Read our Q and A page for more information. Call us or request an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 1802 State Hill Road Wyomissing PA 19610.
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Sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, are diseases or infections transmitted through sexual contact. Bacterial infections, such as gonorrhea and chlamydia, are easily treated with antibiotics. However, viral infections like herpes or HPV are not curable and remain in the host body forever. Some viral infections are preventable with vaccines.
STD testing can be performed at a multitude of different healthcare practices, including urgent care. At Safe Care Express Urgent Care, we offer safe and discreet testing and can provide you with fast results. If you require an STD test, come in today!
Getting tested can be quick and easy. Depending on what sexually transmitted disease you are being tested for, your healthcare provider may take a swab, a blood sample, or a urine sample. An STD test can test for the following infections:
• Genital Herpes (no symptoms)
• Genital Herpes (with symptoms)
• HPV (genital warts)
• HPV (cervical cancer)
There are 3 types of tests used in STI testing; swabs, urine tests, and blood tests. Swabs are used to test for gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, and HPV if there is an active outbreak, although a urine test is used more often to test for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Blood tests are generally used to test for hepatitis B and C, syphilis, and HIV.
During a swab, your health care provider will use an extended Q-tip-like swab to acquire a sample of fluid from either your genitals, throat, or anus, depending on which area of your body is most likely to possess an STI. This is a fast process where the swab is run over the specific section — either your genitals, throat, or anus — to gather the sample that is then sent to a lab for testing. It can take anywhere from a few days to a week to get your results. Swabs are also typically conducted as a part of a Pap test.
Urine Tests are used to test for gonorrhea and chlamydia. Your health care provider or clinician will provide you with a little plastic container, which you’ll take into the toilet to collect a urine sample. The container is then sent to a lab for testing, it can take anywhere from a few days to a week to get your results.
Blood Tests are used to test for hepatitis B and C, syphilis, and HIV. They can even be used for herpes, although sometimes a swab is employed to diagnose herpes (if you’re currently experiencing an outbreak with sores). During a blood test, a health care provider will use a tiny needle to take a small vial of blood from your arm which will then be sent to the lab for testing. It make take a few weeks to get the results of your blood test back.
The length of time it takes to receive your test results depends on the type of test. A urine test typically takes around a week, whereas a blood test can take a few weeks. Swab tests usually take around two to three days.
If you or someone you know is in need of an STD test, come to Safe Care Express Urgent Care today! Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in performing STD tests and can provide you with discreet, confidential results with a quick turnaround. Call our office today to get in touch with a member of our specialist team. Go online or simply give us a call to book an appointment with us today! We serve patients from Reading PA, Wyomissing PA, Shillington PA, Sinking Spring PA, Reiffton PA, Laureldale PA, and Temple PA.