STD Testing

Board Certified Obstetrician & Gynecologist located in Burlington, MA

STD Testing services offered in Burlington, MA

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) affect one in five Americans. If left undiagnosed and not treated STDs can cause serious health issues. If you need STD testing, you can turn to the expert women’s health specialists at Burlington OBGYN Associates in Burlington, Massachusetts for discreet diagnosis and treatment. We offer comprehensive testing along with treatment, if needed, for all types of STDs. To schedule an appointment, call Burlington OBGYN Associates Inc. or request an appointment through the book online link today.

STD Testing Q & A

When should I consider STD testing?

You should schedule STD testing at Burlington OBGYN Associates. 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 cannot rely on having symptoms warning that you could have an infection. Sometimes the symptoms caused by STDs are often too mild to notice, and they disappear quickly. In this situation getting tested for STD is 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).

Waiting too long to get tested or not testing can have adverse effects on your health. The longer an STD goes untreated, the more your risk of severe complications. STDs can cause infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease, preterm delivery, and cervical and throat cancer.

If pregnant, 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 during delivery. Therefore, it is very important to test and treat STDs.

What are the symptoms of STDs?

Symptoms of STDs may manifest in many ways. 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. The experts at Burlington OBGYN Associates 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.