Collierville Family Health

STD Testing

Family Medicine & Primary Care located in Collierville, TN
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STD Testing services offered in Collierville, TN

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are common, affecting one in two sexually active people by the time they turn 25. If you’re at risk of or suspect an STD, Lauren Reilly, FNP, and the qualified team of family medicine specialists at Collierville Family Health in Collierville, Tennessee, have solutions. They offer STD testing, including confidential HIV testing and treatments to prevent complications and provide symptom relief. Schedule an appointment with Collierville Family Health by calling the office or booking online today.

STD Testing Q&A

What are STDs?

STDs are sexually transmitted diseases or infections that spread through sexual contact. You can contract an STD by having vaginal, anal, and sometimes oral intercourse with an affected partner. Examples of STDs include:

  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Herpes
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Syphilis 
  • Hepatitis B and C
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

STDs are often caused by bacteria, parasites, or viruses. Simple diagnostic tests can determine which STD if any, you have.

What are the risk factors for STDs?

Even if you don’t experience symptoms of an STD, you might consider getting tested if you’re at risk of contracting one. STD risks increase if you have:

  • Unprotected sexual intercourse
  • Experienced rape or assault
  • A history of STDs
  • Multiple sexual partners
  • A history of injecting drugs
  • Experienced recreational drug or alcohol abuse

The only surefire way to prevent getting an STD is to avoid sexual intercourse entirely. Having intercourse with just one partner who’s been tested for STDs can greatly reduce your risk of contracting one.

What are the symptoms of STDs?

The following signs and symptoms may indicate you have a sexually transmitted disease:

  • Unusual vaginal bleeding
  • Penis discharge
  • Genital or rectal sores or bumps
  • Burning or painful urination
  • Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • A rash on your hands, feet, or trunk
  • A fever

Not all STDs cause symptoms, which is why STD testing is important. Complications associated with untreated STDs can include pregnancy complications, infertility, heart problems, and certain types of cancer.

What happens during STD testing?

To test for an STD, your Collierville Family Health specialist reviews your medical history and asks about your symptoms. They complete a physical exam and use blood tests, urine samples, fluid samples from your genital area, or combinations of these methods to determine which STD you have and develop an appropriate treatment. 

STD testing, including HIV testing, is confidential at Collierville Family Health.

What is the treatment for STDs?

Some STDs, such as syphilis, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, and chlamydia, are often cured by taking antibiotics. Not all STDs are curable, but taking medications can alleviate symptoms. Your provider might recommend antiviral medicines if you have herpes or HIV to reduce symptoms or complications associated with these diseases.

Be proactive about your health with STD testing at Collierville Family Health if you’re at risk for or exhibit symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease. Call the office or book an appointment online today.