STD Testing

Francisco  J. Velazquez, M.D. -  - Internal Medicine

Velazquez Medical Practice

Francisco J. Velazquez, M.D.

Internal Medicine located in Bellaire, TX

STD Testing
Anyone who is sexually active can get a sexually transmitted disease (STD). STD symptoms aren’t always obvious. Even if your partner looks healthy, they may still have an STD. At Velazquez Medical Practice in Houston, internist Francisco Velazquez, MD, tests and treats all common STDs. It’s important to get tested on a regular basis because untreated STDs cause serious health problems. To schedule your discreet STD screening, call or go online to book your appointment today.

STD Testing Q & A

What are STDs?

Men and women alike transmit sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) through vaginal, oral, or anal intercourse. Anyone is vulnerable to STDs, whether they’re single, married, straight, or gay. Condoms and other methods offer some protection against STDs, but they aren't foolproof.

It's crucial for anyone having sex to get tested on a regular basis. Some STDs have no apparent symptoms. Left untreated, they can lead to severe, life-threatening health problems.

What are common STD symptoms?

There are more than 20 different types of STDs known to doctors. STD symptoms, treatment, and prognosis vary from case to case. However, there are some common symptoms that you should discuss with your doctor:

  • Bleeding between periods
  • Bumps, blisters, or sores in the genital area
  • Genital odor
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Swollen testicles
  • Thick or cloudy discharge from the penis or vagina

These are noticeable signs of an underlying medical issue, but because many STDs are asymptomatic, regular screening is essential for your overall health and well-being.

What is an STD test?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate around 19 million new sexually transmitted disease cases are diagnosed every year. Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis cases are all up significantly since 2015.

Untreated STDs often cause serious health issues such as infertility and higher HIV risk. Testing and treating STDs is an integral part of your long-term health.

During your STD screening, Dr. Velazquez will:

  • Discuss your sexual history
  • Discuss your overall health history
  • Discuss your STD symptoms
  • Perform a complete physical exam
  • Test your urine
  • Test your blood
  • Swab your genitals, cheek, or throat for cell samples

Some test results are available immediately, while others may take a few days or weeks to come back. After determining if you have an STD, Dr. Velazquez begins treatment. He also suggests ways to prevent future STDs.

Don’t hesitate to get tested for STDs. Dr. Velazquez ensures testing and treatment is always discreet and confidential. Call or go online to schedule a complete STD test today.

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