STD Testing

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Bossier Family Medicine, LLC

Family Medicine located in North Bossier, South Bossier & Stonewall, LA

Though not a common topic of conversation, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a significant public health concern, affecting up to 20 million people every year. When left undiagnosed and untreated, an STD may lead to more serious health problems. To provide the care you need, Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, in Bossier City and Stonewall, Louisiana, offers discrete and confidential STD testing. Call one of the offices or book an appointment online today. 

STD Testing Q & A

What are STDs?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections passed from person to person through sexual contact. Common STDs include:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Herpes
  • Genital warts
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis

STDs are a significant public health problem and affect millions of people every year. STDs can develop without causing symptoms, and many people may not think to get tested because of the stigma surrounding these types of infections.

When left undiagnosed and untreated, STDs may lead to more health problems such as infertility or cancer. 

When should I get STD testing?

You should get STD testing whenever you have concerns about your sexual health or fears you may have an STD. You should also schedule STD testing at Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, if your current or previous sexual partner tests positive for an STD.

The health experts also recommend STD testing for people with more than one sexual partner or a sexual partner with multiple partners. 

Though most STDs develop without causing symptoms, if you have genital sores, abnormal genital secretions, or genital pain, you should schedule an STD test. 

What happens during STD testing?

Before performing any specific test, your provider at Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, spends time talking to you about your sexual health and history. They ask about concerns and symptoms, review your medical history, and perform a physical.

After gathering basic information about your sexual and overall health, your provider determines what type of STD testing you need. Your testing may include blood work, urinalysis, fingerstick, or evaluation of your genital secretions.

For your convenience, Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, offers lab testing on-site. 

What happens after STD testing?

After your STD testing, your provider explains when you can expect your results; some tests provide results right away, while others may take a week or more.

Once your results are in, your provider at Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, contacts you to discuss it with you. For positive STD testing, they provide treatment to clear up the infection or manage the symptoms.

STD testing is important for your overall health and well-being. For comprehensive care from an experienced team, call Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, or book your STD testing online today. 

Bossier Family Medicine, LLC