STD Testing Specialist

Suresh Malik, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Quality Primary Care

Suresh Malik, MD

Internal Medicine located in Rockville, MD

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a major public health concern, and they affect about 20 million people every year. Many STDs don’t cause symptoms, so the only way to know if you have an STD is to get tested. At Quality Primary Care in Rockville, Maryland, board-certified internal medicine physician Suresh Malik, MD, and the team offer confidential and discreet STD testing. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

STD Testing Q & A

What are STDs?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) include any bacterial, viral, fungal, or parasitic infection passed from person to person through sexual contact. This includes oral, vaginal, and anal sex. 

Common STDs include:

  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Genital warts
  • Genital herpes
  • HIV
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Hepatitis B

STDs are serious infections that require medical treatment to prevent further spread, as well as additional health complications. 

When should I schedule my STD testing?

If you have concerns about STDs, you should schedule a test. Most STDs don’t cause symptoms, and if you don’t know you’re infected, you may inadvertently spread the infection to your sexual partner. 

Or, if left undiagnosed and untreated, your STD may lead to more serious health issues. Though STDs affect all people, the health consequences are more severe in women and may lead to gynecological cancer or infertility.

You should also schedule STD testing if you engage in activities that may increase your risk of contracting an STD, such as:

  • Sexual intercourse with multiple partners
  • Sexual intercourse with someone who has multiple sexual partners
  • Sexual intercourse without a condom

Though condoms offer some protection from STDs, they’re not 100% foolproof. 

You should also schedule an STD test if your sexual partner tested positive for an infection. 

What happens during STD testing?

When you visit Quality Primary Care for STD testing, the team first spends time talking to you to get to know you, which helps you feel more comfortable about sharing your health concerns.

Then, the team reviews your sexual and medical history and asks about symptoms, if any. Then they perform a physical exam to assess general health. 

Your STD testing may require a blood sample, cheek swab, urine sample, or swab of genital secretions. Your provider reviews what type of test you need and the STD being tested. 

What happens after my STD test?

After your STD testing, your provider at Quality Primary Care talks to you about the steps you can take to protect your health, including safe sex practices and vaccinations. They also let you know when you can expect the results of your STD testing.

When the team receives your results, they will call or have you come to the office. If your STD test results are positive, the team provides any necessary treatment. 

You can expect a full recovery from a bacterial, fungal, or parasitic infection. However, there are no cures for viral STDs, such as HIV and HPV, but you can control the infection with prescription medication.

To schedule your confidential STD testing, call Quality Primary Care or book a visit online today.