STD Testing Specialist

Metrobest Clinic

Medical Office & Primary Care Practice located in Washington, DC

It can be uncomfortable to discuss your sexual history with a medical provider and request STD testing. But with Milca Kaplan, CRNP, it doesn’t have to be. Milca focuses on your whole health, offering holistic and compassionate patient-centered care. Schedule an appointment at Metrobest Clinic with Milca today if you live in the Washington, D.C. area and have been exposed to an STD or want to be tested for one.

STD Testing Q & A

What is STD testing?

STD testing plays an essential role in keeping you healthy by detecting any potential sexually transmitted diseases early. STDs encompass many diseases that infect a person through sexual contact. This can include oral, vaginal, or anal sexual contact.

What are some STDs?

Common STDs include:

  • Chlamydia
  • HIV/AIDs
  • Gonorrhea
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Syphilis
  • Genital herpes

Each STD will have its own set of symptoms, which will help Milca diagnose you. Some common STD symptoms include:

  • Painful urination
  • Vaginal discharge in women
  • Testicular pain in men
  • Rash or fever
  • Bumps, blisters, or sores in the genital area
  • Extreme fatigue
  • High fever
  • General achiness
  • Swollen lymph nodes

How will I get tested for STDs?

Because STDs encompass a variety of diseases, each illness has a distinct test. Milca determines what to test you need based on your symptoms and sexual history. Some ways to test for STDs are:

  • Urine testing
  • Examination of the genitals
  • Swabbing inside the cheek or genitals
  • Drawing blood for blood work
  • Pap smears to check for abnormal cells

How are STDs treated?

While some STDs are easily treatable, others are more serious and are only manageable.

STDs like HIV/AIDS can be managed but will ultimately prove fatal. Other STDs can be easily treated, but if left undiagnosed, can also lead to death. Others aren't life-threatening and can be taken care of with medical attention.

Early detection and regular screenings are an essential part of your sexual health.

Can birth control prevent STDs?

While birth control pills can help prevent unplanned pregnancy if you're sexually active, they won't prevent you from contracting an STD. You can help prevent STDs by practicing safe sex and using protection like condoms and dental dams. But the only sure way to prevent an STD is by abstaining from sexual activity.

When can I get tested for STD?

If you're sexually active, regular STD testing is essential to staying healthy. You can schedule an appointment with Milca at Door to Door Health Care specifically for STD testing if you're worried. You can also request STD testing when you go in for a women’s wellness exam or other doctor’s appointment.

If you think you may have an STD or have recently been exposed, be sure to schedule an appointment with Milca Kaplan at Door to Door Health Caretoday by using the online system or calling her office.