STD Testing

STD Testing services offered in Burlington, MA

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) don’t usually make headline news, so you may be surprised to learn that they affect one in five Americans. If you need STD testing, you can turn to the expert women’s health specialists at Burlington OBGYN Associates Inc. in Burlington, Massachusetts for discreet diagnosis and treatment. They offer comprehensive testing along with treatment, if needed, for all types of STDs. To schedule an appointment, call Burlington OBGYN Associates Inc. or use the online booking feature today.

STD Testing Q & A

When do I need STD testing?

You should schedule STD testing at Burlington OBGYN Associates Inc. if you have:

  • A new partner
  • Multiple partners
  • Symptoms of an STD
  • Your partner has an STD

You need testing to verify you have an STD. You can’t rely on having symptoms warning that you could have an infection. The symptoms caused by STDs are often too mild to notice, and they disappear quickly.

STD testing is also the only way to accurately identify the type of STD you may have. This information is essential because it determines the treatment you need to eliminate the infection or put it into remission (depending on the STD).

Don’t wait too long to get tested. The longer an STD goes untreated, the more your risk of severe complications rises. For example, STDs cause infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease, preterm delivery, and cervical and throat cancer.

You can also pass STDs to your unborn baby. Some STDs cross the placenta and infect the baby in the womb; others pass to your baby as they go through the birth canal.

What symptoms indicate I need STD testing?

If you notice symptoms, you may have one or more of the following:

  • Bumps, blisters, or warts on your genitals
  • Painless sores on your genitals
  • Discharge from your vagina
  • Pain or burning when urinating
  • Pain during sex
  • Needing to urinate frequently
  • Itching, pain, or swelling around the vagina

STDs like gonorrhea, syphilis, genital herpes, hepatitis B, and HIV/AIDS may cause flu-like symptoms (fatigue, fever, sore throat, and headaches).

What conditions does STD testing diagnose?

All STDs are detectable during testing, including:

  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis
  • Genital herpes 
  • Hepatitis B
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Mycoplasma genitalium

If you’re unsure whether you need testing, don’t hesitate to call Burlington OBGYN Associates Inc. They can help you determine if you might need STD testing.

What type of STD testing will I need?

The testing you need depends on the type of STD. Your provider takes one or more of the following samples and sends them to the lab for testing:

  • Blood sample
  • Urine sample
  • Swab of tissues from your mouth
  • Swab of tissues from your genitals
  • Swab of any sores or fluids
  • Tissue sample from your cervix (Pap smear)

If you need to schedule STD testing, call Burlington OBGYN Associates Inc. or book an appointment online today.