Confidential STD Testing Specialist Questions and Answers
If you believe you have contracted an STD and require testing, look no further than PACS. Our doctors can offer discreet and professional STD testing. For more information, call us today or simply visit us. We have convenient locations to serve you in Alexandria VA, and Ruther Glen VA!
Whether you are considering getting tested for a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or have already been diagnosed with one, it can feel like an intensely personal situation that you want to be in charge of. As such, it makes sense if you want to control who is aware of the situation, and we can happily accommodate that at PACS Urgent Care with our confidential STD testing!
Are STD tests confidential?
If you would prefer that your testing and results for any sexually transmitted disease (STD) be kept confidential from parents or family members, our board-certified physicians and medical professionals at PACS Urgent Care will happily honor your wish. That said, the tests are not automatically confidential. As a result, we only ask that you inform your physician of your wish to keep the tests and results confidential before or during your STD testing appointment.
How do you test for STDs?
Depending on the type and location of the sexually transmitted disease being tested, there are a few different ways to test for STDs. As such, STDs can be tested through blood samples, either through a finger prick or blood draw, urine samples, buccal (inside cheek) or saliva swabs, genital swabs, such as the urethra or cervix, and swabs of any discharges or sores.
At PACS Urgent Care, our physicians and laboratory experts have the skills and resources available to test for sexually transmitted diseases in each way, whether through blood or urine samples, buccal, genital, and saliva swabs, or swabs from discharges and sores.
What do STD tests check for?
STD tests check your urine, blood, saliva, or other bodily substance for the presence of a broad range of sexually transmitted diseases and infections. Depending on the type of STD panel your doctor recommends, your STD test could check for any of the following sexually transmitted diseases and infections:
- Hepatitis A, B, and C
- Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and 2 (HSV-2)
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Human papillomavirus (HPV), for both cervical cancer and genital warts
- Genital herpes, with or without symptoms
How soon can you see symptoms of an STD?
Symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases appear at different times according to the specific STD a person has. As such, some symptoms can appear within a few days or weeks, while others do not appear for months or even years after the initial infection. Moreover, there are some instances where sexually transmitted diseases and infections do not show any symptoms or very few, so that an individual is not aware of the infection. That said, the following is a list of the average times it takes for symptoms to appear with various sexually transmitted diseases and infections:
- Chlamydia: one to three weeks
- Genital and oral herpes: two to twelve days
- Genital warts: three weeks to ten years
- Gonorrhea: one to two weeks
- Hepatitis A: two weeks to two months
- Hepatitis B: two to six months
- Hepatitis C: two to seven months
- HIV: two to six weeks
- Scabies: two to three weeks
- Syphilis: three weeks to 20 years
- Trichomoniasis: four weeks
If you are looking for a clinic that provides confidential STD testing, we welcome you to come to PACS Urgent Care in Ruther Glen, VA! Please feel free to visit us. We have 2 convenient locations to serve you, for a walk-in appointment for our Alexandria location, is open 8am to 8pm from Monday to Sunday and for Ruther Glen location, is open 8am to 7pm from Monday to Sunday. You can also make appointments in advance through our website or by calling us. We serve patients from Alexandria VA, Ruther Glen VA, Bagdad VA, Athens VA, Balty VA, and Doswell VA.
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