STD Testing

Femme Next Generation Women's Care

OBGYNs & Urgent Care located in Thousand Oaks, CA

One in two sexually active people will develop an STD by the age of 25. Even if you practice safe sex, you’re at risk if you’re not in a mutually monogamous relationship or have multiple partners. Femme Next Generation Women’s Care in Thousand Oaks, California, provides comprehensive STD testing. You don’t have to wait for an appointment if you’re concerned about STDs, call to schedule immediately, book online, or walk-in today.

STD Testing Q & A

What are STDs?

Sexually transmitted diseases or STDs are infections that spread through sexual contact. The types of sexual contact that most commonly spread disease are intercourse, oral sex, and anal sex. Anyone who is sexually active could be at risk of:

  • Genital herpes
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Syphilis

Testing for these major STDs is available at Femme Next Generation Women’s Care.

What symptoms suggest I have an STD?

In women, the possible signs of an STD include:

  • Genital itching
  • Anal itching
  • Pain during sex
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Pain during urination
  • Sores or warts around the genitals

STDs can also cause an unusual vaginal discharge or odor. Many STDs cause no outright symptoms, so if you’re sexually active, it’s smart to get tested. Visit Femme Next Generation Women’s Care right away if you notice any changes in the way your genitals look or feel.

What happens during STD testing?

Requesting STD testing can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Femme Next Generation Women’s Care is discrete and compassionate when conducting any STD screenings.

Testing usually follows a discussion of your symptoms. You may provide a urine sample, blood sample, or mouth swab. In most cases, you also undergo a brief pelvic exam during which your provider looks for signs of infection. They take swabs of your vaginal fluid and any visible sores or warts if needed.

Any samples are sent to a lab for testing. Your provider notifies you as soon as the results are available. 

What treatments are available for STDs?

STDs are incredibly common, even in those who practice safe sex, so there’s no need to feel distressed if you receive a positive diagnosis. And there's no need to feel ashamed.

Your provider gives you the appropriate treatment for your STD. Often, you simply need to take a course of antibiotics or use special creams for a certain prescribed period of time.

For some STDs, there is no cure, but you can control symptoms and spreading it with prescription medication.

If you’re concerned about having contracted an STD, call the office of Femme Next Generation Women’s Care or schedule an immediate STD testing appointment online. You can also walk-in without an appointment.