STD Screening

Platinum Women's Health

OBGYNs located in Murrieta, CA & Temecula, CA

Every year, around 20 million patients are diagnosed with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States, and relatively few people are tested regularly. At Platinum Women's Health, in Murrieta and Temecula, California, James Neal, MD, and Florence Villa Quinata, MD, offer compassionate and discreet STD screening services. If you haven’t had an STD screening recently or believe you’re at risk of contracting an STD, call or schedule an appointment online today.

STD Screening Q & A

What is STD screening?

Sexually transmitted diseases are infections that are spread through sexual contact. STD screenings can include blood, urine, and saliva tests as well as genital swabs to identify the presence of a sexually transmitted disease. STD screening identifies a comprehensive range of sexually transmitted diseases including:

  • Herpes
  • HPV
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis
  • HIV/AIDS

STD tests are usually quick and well-tolerated test with prompt results. They’re a critical part of preventive health care and help your doctor deliver the advice and treatment you need to protect your health. If one of your tests is positive, your doctor can prescribe medication to treat or manage your condition.

Why should I have an STD screening?

Most STDs don’t cause noticeable symptoms in their early stages, so screening is the best way to diagnose an STD and start treatment before your health is affected. You may experience symptoms including:

  • Bumps or lesions on your genitals
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Pain, itching, or burning

However, these symptoms may also stem from other conditions, and STD testing is one way to identify the specific issue that’s impacting your health.

Early diagnosis and treatment are critical to successful treatment and management of STDs. While you may not have any noticeable symptoms, many conditions can damage your fertility if left untreated. Also, while many STDs are treatable, HIV and herpes have no cure. However, your doctor can prescribe medication and help you make lifestyle changes to control your illness and maintain your health and quality of life.

Who should be screened for sexually transmitted diseases?

Everyone who is sexually active should have STD screening occasionally. If you have unprotected sex or engage in risky sexual behavior, you should get tested for STDs frequently. STD screening provides peace of mind and can help you get the treatment you need to protect your health and wellness.

Dr. Neal and Dr. Quinata can provide customized advice on how frequently you should be tested for STDs.

If you’re concerned about STDs or want personalized advice on STD screening, call Platinum Women's Health or make an appointment online today.