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Sexually Transmitted Disease Screening: What To Expect

Sexually transmitted disease screenings are essential if you feel you may be suffering from one of these illnesses. While the process can seem intimidating, greater understanding can make it easier. One of the best ways to gain a better understanding is having the most common questions answered.     

Understanding A Sexually Transmitted Disease Screening

Your doctor is a valuable resource for information regarding a sexually transmitted disease screening. There does not have to be a mystery surrounding what to expect.

After going through the following questions, you can have a better understanding of the process. At City of Oaks Midwifery, one of our important services for your health is sexually transmitted disease screenings when needed. 

How Do I Ask My Doctor For An STD Screening? 

Asking your doctor about needing an STD screening is as simple as bringing it up over the phone or at your appointment. The doctor most likely will ask further questions about your symptoms and reasoning behind feeling like you may need the screening.

It is important, to be honest during this portion of the appointment in order to accurately treat your condition. This would be done in a way that keeps you feeling comfortable, while also knowing that all information shared is confidential between you and the doctor. 

How Do I Know Which Sexually Transmitted Disease Tests I will need? 

The tests that you will need depend on the symptoms and history that you share with your doctor. If you know of a specific STD that you came into contact with, that would be an important place to start. This also may require you to share what form of sexual contact you participated in, as this can also affect which tests you may need.

As this may seem like an awkward topic to discuss with your doctor, remember that they are there to help you. Doctors have seen it all and are not there to pass judgment on your choices. 

The Mayo Clinic details that there are multiple different tests for different sexually transmitted diseases. The most common possible diseases to test for are: 


  • Chlamydia 
  • Gonorrhea 
  • HIV 
  • Syphilis 
  • Hepatitis 
  • Genital herpes 
  • HPV

Each of these has its own specific symptoms that would lead a doctor to consider the screening. Often, the screenings can test for multiple different types.  

What Happens At A Sexually Transmitted Disease Screening? 

The actual test depends on what disease is being screened for. For example, chlamydia and gonorrhea are taken by either a urine test or a swab inside the penis for men or from the cervix for women.

For HIV, syphilis, hepatitis, and genital herpes, there is either a blood sample or a swab of genital sores you may have. HPV is usually screened through annual pap tests for women or an HPV test if the pap test comes back with abnormal cells. 

Each of these is a common procedure that doctors are fully equipped to handle. You may be nervous going into it, but this will tell you exactly what is going on with your body. 

What Happens After A Sexually Transmitted Disease Screening?

After each type of screening, the results have to be discovered with lab procedures after the fact. According to the New Jersey Family Planning League, some tests, such as the rapid HIV test can give you results in as little as 20 minutes. Others, such as blood tests and other analyses, can take up to days and weeks. Your doctor will inform you when the results are in. 

 A sexually transmitted disease screening is important to experience if necessary for your health. These questions can get you started on what to expect and how to go about scheduling a screening. Doctors are here to help you with all of your health concerns. Are you looking to schedule a sexually transmitted disease screening? At City of Oaks Midwifery, we are fully equipped to give you the necessary screening and help you along the way. Check out our website or give us a call at (919) 823-5394.

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