STD Testing

DTLA Urgent Care

Urgent Care & Multi-Specialty Group located in Arts District, Los Angeles, CA

Nobody wants to get a sexually transmitted disease (STD), but the truth is, they’re quite common — approximately one in two people will get an STD at some point in their life, and there are around 20 million new cases every year. At DTLA Urgent Care in the Arts District of Los Angeles, you can get STD testing and treatment 365 days a year. If you are experiencing STD symptoms, call to make an appointment or book using the online scheduling tool.

STD Testing

What are signs of STDs?

Different STDs can cause different symptoms, but there are some common signs that can tell you that you might have an STD. Some signs and symptoms of STDs are:

  • Bumps, sores, or warts near the mouth, anus, penis, or vagina
  • Swelling or rash near the penis or vagina
  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pain during urination
  • Unusual or bad-smelling discharge
  • Irregular bleeding from the vagina (outside of normal period)
  • Pain during sex
  • Itching near the penis or vagina

It’s important to know that in many cases, there are no symptoms at all, so the only way to know for sure whether you have an STD is to get tested. That’s why it’s critical to always use protection and to get tested regularly even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms.

How are STDs Treated?

Many STDs can be treated using antibiotics. Chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis (trich), and syphilis can be treated with antibiotics, and scabies and pubic lice can be treated with other medications.

Other STDs, such as herpes and HIV, don’t have a cure, but symptoms can be managed through lifestyle changes to help reduce outbreaks, as well as antiviral medications.

Can STDs be prevented?

The only way to completely prevent STDs is sexual abstinence. However, there are some ways that you can reduce your risk of getting an STD. These include:

  • Using a condom, dental dam, or internal (“female”) condom every time
  • Putting on a condom or other barrier as soon as sex begins
  • Getting tested regularly, even if you use a condom every time
  • Limiting the number of sexual partners, and choosing sexual partners carefully
  • Don’t use alcohol or drugs when having sex

Even when used correctly, condoms and barriers don’t provide 100% protection against STDs, because some STDs can spread through skin-to-skin contact outside of the area covered by the condom. Herpes, HPV, pubic lice, and scabies can be spread through any genital skin-to-skin contact.

Still, using a condom or barrier lowers the risk of getting STDs, even the ones that can spread through skin-to-skin contact.

How does STD testing work?

Your doctor will perform an exam and ask you questions about your symptoms. You may need to give either a urine or blood sample or a swab may be used for your throat or genitals.

If you test positive for an STD, your doctor will discuss treatment options with you. If you need to take medication, it’s necessary to wait to resume sexual activity until after your treatment is complete.

If you think you might have an STD, call the office or book an appointment using the online scheduling tool, so you can resume a safe and healthy dating life.