STD Testing in Santa Clarita & West Covina, CA
SmartClinic Urgent Care Offers Comprehensive STD Testing Services at Our 2 Convenient Urgent Care Clinics in Santa Clarita & West Covina, CA. Please Call Your Nearest Location Today for More Information.
Should I ask my doctor for an STD test?
STD testing can sometimes be a very hard topic for people to bring up to their doctor and testing isn’t always part of regular checkups or gynecologist exam – so people will usually have to make sure that they ask about, or for, STD testing. When speaking to the nurse, physician or doctor – it is always very important to be honest about your sex life, so they can help figure out which tests are going to be best for your situation.
As mentioned – talking about STDs or STD testing may feel a little awkward, but try not to be embarrassed. Keep in mind that doctors have seen and have heard about it all before and they are there to help you. The majority of people will get tested for STDs at least once in their life, and getting yourself tested is the responsible thing to do – it means that you are taking good care and are concerned for your health. If you are having trouble bringing this topic up with your doctor – here are some ways you can bring up the topic of STD testing:
- I don’t believe I’ve ever been tested for STDs. Should I be?
- Have you ever tested me for STDs during my regular checkups?
- What STDs should I keep a lookout for? How will I know if I need to be tested?
What happens during STD testing?
STD testing is typically very quick, easy, and is usually not painful. There is not a single test for all STDs. Partner with your doctor, together you can figure out which tests you require or which ones are recommended. STD testing may include:
- Urine test
- Cheek swab
- Blood test
- Physical exam – your nurse or doctor will look at your genital area to check for any warts, sores, rashes/irritation, or abnormal discharge.
- Testing your sores – your nurse or doctor will take a sample of fluid from present sores or blisters you have on your penis, vagina, urethra, cervix, anus or throat with a swab.
You can always get tested for STDs whether or not you are having any symptoms. Some STDs will look and act alike, so your doctor may test you for a few different infections. Your doctor may also be able to tell right away, just by your physical examination, if you have an STD. However, some tests may take a few days, or sometimes weeks, to come back from laboratory testing. Many clinics are also able to do rapid testing for HIV. With rapid testing, you can usually get your results back in about 20 minutes.
If you don’t hear back from your doctor regarding the results of your STD test, for most doctors, no news is good news – however, we highly recommend reaching out to the clinic to find out what your results are.
So, if you are looking for a trusted doctor and medical clinic for STD Testing in Santa Clarita or West Covina, CA, do not hesitate schedule your appointment for STD testing at SmartClinic Urgent Care. We are conveniently located near you at two locations, in Santa Clarita we are located at 19231 Soledad Canyon Road Santa Clarita, CA 91351 and in West Covina we are located at 2707 E. Valley Blvd., Ste 116 West Covina, CA 91792. Call our urgent care clinic today for more information.