STD Testing

STD Testing Specialist

If you’ve ever been in a situation where you think you might have contracted a sexually transmitted disease (STD), the first step is to get tested. Internist Dr. Hansa Bhakti Medley offers confidential STD testing at her Houston, Texas practice, in addition to counseling on reducing your exposure to STDs and practicing safe sex.

STD Testing Q & A

I’m concerned I have an STD. What’s next?

The first step should be to make an appointment with Dr. Medley to get tested. And you can feel comfortable at her Houston, Texas area practice that testing will be done with the utmost sensitivity to your patient privacy. All health information is strictly confidential.

If I haven’t been sexually active in a while, why should I get tested?

Nearly 20 million adults in the US contract an STD each year, and many of those don’t display symptoms. Some of the most common STDs are:

  • Genital Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Genital Herpes

Diseases like HPV, for example, often show no symptoms in the patient, but could lead to health issues like genital warts or cervical cancer later. Even if you haven’t had a sexual partner for a period of time, and you’ve never had an STD test before, you should still get tested just to be on the safe side.

If you want to get tested for STDs, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Medley. The practice is currently welcoming new patients and accepts most major forms of insurance.

What are the treatment options for STDs?

It depends on the of STD. Some, such as chlamydia, can be treated with antibiotics, while others, like genital warts, may require you to manage and prevent outbreaks in the future. You must be tested before Dr. Medley can treat you for an STD. When you arrive for your appointment, Dr. Medley will ask questions about your sexual and medical history before determining the appropriate test and treatment plan. Remember that self-diagnosis is never wise, so let Dr. Medley complete the right STD tests to find out exactly which, if any, you might have.

Can my partner and I both get tested for STDs?

Of course. Both of you can make an appointment to get tested. But remember, Dr. Medley adheres to doctor-patient confidentiality, so she’ll give you your test results separately.