STD Testing Specialist

SmartClinic Urgent Care

Urgent Care located in West Covina, CA & Santa Clarita, Canyon Country, CA

Did you know that some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) often come without any signs or symptoms or with mild symptoms that you may easily overlook? At Smart Clinic Urgent Care in West Covina and Santa Clarita, California, the caring medical team offers discreet and efficient STD testing to protect and improve your reproductive health and general wellness. The team knows that STDs can cause lasting health problems if left untreated. Put your mind at rest and get a test and catch any STDs early before complications arise. Call Smart Clinic Urgent Care, walk-in, or book online today.

STD Testing Q & A

What are sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections spread by sexual contact. STDs are preventable and second only to the flu and common colds as the most prevalent contagious infections in the United States. Millions of people transmit and contract STDs each year.  

STDs can lead to serious health problems. Some STDs like syphilis can impact fertility. Syphilis can increase the risk of miscarriage or spread to the baby in women who’re expecting and lead to stillbirths and newborn deaths in some cases. 

Many STDs are treatable, while others require management with medications. The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common sexually transmitted disease that has a link to cervical cancer and genital warts but is preventable with vaccination.

What are the types of STDs?

Different types of STDs present different symptoms and complications, such as vaginal or penile discharge, genital itching, or blisters. Some STDs may not cause any symptoms, which is why STD testing is important.

Some of the most common STDs include:

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

Hepatitis B can also be spread during sexual intercourse.

Am I at risk of getting an STD?

STDs happen frequently in adolescents and younger adults, but you can contract an STD at any age. Factors that might increase your risk of getting an STD include having intercourse with more than one sexual partner or with someone who has an STD, and not using a condom during intercourse. In addition, being with a partner who uses IV drugs or using IV drugs might raise your risk.

If you have a history of STDs, this can also heighten the chance of you contracting another.

You should not feel embarrassed if you suspect you have an STD. It’s very common, and STD testing can find the right treatment for you if necessary. 

What is STD testing?

Routine STD testing is an important way to protect your health and a key part of your preventive health care. Smart Clinic Urgent Care provides STD testing right in the office. STD testing either requires a urine or blood sample or a swab taken from your throat, mouth, vagina, or rectum. In some cases, you might need multiple tests.

Here are examples of what you can expect when getting tested for certain STDs.

  • Chlamydia: Urine sample or genital swab
  • Syphilis: Swab from a sore or blood test
  • Gonorrhea: Urine sample or genital swab
  • HIV: Blood test or mouth swab 

If you have symptoms of genital herpes, such as a sore, your provider might take a swab of the sore for confirmation of the virus.

Many STDs can be treated, typically with medications like antibiotics. Viral STD infections do not have a cure, but medication is available to lessen the symptoms. 

With convenient on-site STD testing, you can safeguard your health, and have peace of mind. Walk-in, call or book online today at Smart Clinic Urgent Care.