Sexually Transmitted Disease Tests
There are many diseases and infections that can be transmitted through sexual activity. These infections can be bacterial, viral or even parasitic, spread from person to person with close contact. Sexual intercourse is not necessarily the only way these infections can spread, so you can be infected even if you have not had sex. At Primary Care Joliet, we provide sexually transmitted disease tests for many common STIs at our clinics in Wilmington and Joliet, IL.
Types of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
There are many different types of infections that can be spread during sexual activity. Many are transmitted through bodily fluids that can easily be transferred through vaginal or anal sex. Some have noticeable symptoms while others may be asymptomatic, but that does not mean they cannot cause serious health complications. Some of the most common STI/STDs include:
- Genital herpes
- HPV/genital warts
The symptoms can vary greatly, but there are some common symptoms that should alert you to seek STD testing. These include any sores, blisters or growths in the genital area. Any unusual discharge from the vagina or penis is a concern. Pain in the lower abdomen, testicles and genitals, or discomfort when urinating, are possible signs of an STI.
Testing and Treatment for STIs
Our primary care providers at Primary Care Joliet can perform an exam and evaluate your symptoms to determine what type of testing is needed. STD tests vary depending on the type of infection suspected. Some, like HIV, require a blood test, while others may require a sample taken from inside the vagina or penis. We have on-site lab testing available for the convenience of our patients, which also allows for faster results than using a third party laboratory.
If you test positive for an STD, we can recommend the best treatment plan. Most STIs have effective treatments available, or symptom management options.
If you have symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection, or you have been told you may have been exposed, contact us at Primary Care Joliet. We offer many types of STD tests at our facilities in Joliet and Wilmington, IL.