STD Testing & Treatment
CONVENIENT TESTING FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME
The term sexually transmitted infection (STI) is used interchangeably with sexually transmitted disease (STD). But, there is a difference.
Not all diseases start with an infection, and not all infections progress into a disease, but many do. An infection occurs when a bacteria, virus, or parasite enters the body and starts proliferating.
A sexually transmitted infection progresses to disease when the infection starts to disrupt the normal function of the body. Some STIs can be cured, and some cannot. Early detection is key, and we are happy to provide services for patients seeking testing and/or treatment for common STIs such as:
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
Herpes Simplex (I and II)
Hepatitis A, B & C
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How can I prevent STIs?
TIPS FOR PREVENTION
Get tested regularly before and after new partners
Always use condoms and/or dental dams
Common Symptoms of An STI
PAINFUL OR FREQUENT
RECTAL PAIN AND/OR
FROM THE PENIS
BLOOD IN YOUR URINE
PAIN DURING SEX
RASHES OR SORES
Having certain types of STIs makes it easier for you to get HIV (another STI) if you come into contact with it.. How you choose to do it is your business, we just want to make sure you and your partners are protected.
What To Expect
Labs will be ordered during or after your telehealth visit with a BeyondMed Provider. Once your sample has been received, most results will take 24-48 hours to be reported. If you have requested a home kit, the home kit will be delivered within 2-3 days of your request. Your home kit will come with a prepaid return label. If you have any questions about the testing process, you may contact a BeyondMed Provider.
Depending on which STD you have tested positive for, usually an antibiotic will be prescribed to treat your infection. Details about your specific treatment plan will be discussed with a BeyondMed provider. Once you start treatment, we will make a plan for follow-up to assess your tolerance of medication, absence or improvement of symptoms, and overall mental, physical and emotional health. While our practice does not specialize in the treatment of HIV, we will work with you to find resources for follow-up and treatment, and to get you paired with a specialist in your area.
Results will be given to you via phone call or in your patient portal. At that time, we will discuss what your results mean and how they affect you and your future sexual behavior. We will also discuss a treatment plan and call in a prescription if necessary. You will also be able to review your results through your secure patient portal.
STD testing involves obtaining a urine sample, blood sample, and/or genital/oral/rectal swab. Most STD testing can be done via a discreet home kit, while some lab tests (such as HIV and Hepatitis) require you to physically visit a lab. Depending on your symptoms and what you are going to be tested for, you will either be sent to a walk-in lab or have a discreet testing kit sent to your home.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are common symptoms of an STI?
How often should I get tested for STIs?
Who is considered high-risk for contracting an STI?
What if I am positive, do I have to tell my partner?
How can I protect myself from HPV?
How do I know if I have HPV?
Unfortunately, most people with HPV do not know that they have it. Some people find out because they develop genital warts, women can find out if their pap smear results are "abnormal." This is why routine screening for HPV at appropriate intervals based on age and sexual behavior is so important.
How common is HPV?
According to the CDC, about 79 million Americans currently have HPV and about 14 million people become infected each year. HPV is so common that every person who is sexually active will most likely get HPV at some point in there life if they are not vaccinated or practice safe sex.
How long does the Hepatitis B virus last outside the body?
What is the difference between each hepatitis strand?
Are there vaccines available for each strand of hepatitis?
No, there are only vaccine products available for hepatitis A and B. The CDC recommends the hepatitis A vaccination for men who have sex with men. Sexually active adults are not considered at risk for hepatitis A unless they live with or are having sex with an infected person, inject drugs or have chronic liver disease.
What is HIV?
HIV is a human immunodeficiency virus that works to attack your immune system. Your immune system is needed to produce cells to fight off infection. The weaker your immune system, the harder it is for your body to recover from infections and diseases. If left untreated, your fighter cells can become depleted, leading to the fourth stage of HIV, also known as AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome).
How is HIV spread?
HIV is spread by contact with certain bodily fluids of a person with HIV, such as semen, vaginal fluids, blood, and breast milk. These bodily fluids are commonly exchanged during sexual activity without a condom or dental dam, sharing IV drug needles, and breast feeding.