STD Testing

RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Elmhurst, IL, Westchester, IL, Hinsdale, IL, Oak Park, IL & Addison, IL

Millions of new cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as HPV, gonorrhea, and syphilis, are reported each year. STD testing at RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology catches STDs early, to prevent complications and provide appropriate treatment. If it’s been a while since your last STD test, get peace of mind by scheduling a quick screening at one of the practice’s convenient locations in Elmhurst, Addison, Westchester, Oak Park, and Hinsdale, Illinois. Call today or book a consultation online for private STD testing.

STD Testing Q & A

What are STDs?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections spread by sexual contact. STDs are extremely common, and second only to the cold and flu as the most common contagious diseases in this country. A virus or bacteria can cause an STD, and may not produce symptoms. 

Although there are a variety of STDs, the most common include:

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

For some STDs, antibiotics treat and cure the infection, while other STDs require management with medications. A vaccine can now prevent HPV, an STD that may lead to cervical cancer.

How do I know I have an STD?

You may not know you have an STD because some don't produce any symptoms. Still, some signs to watch for include: 

  • Pain while urinating
  • Vaginal bleeding between periods
  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Open sores
  • Warts
  • Unpleasant vaginal odor
  • Pelvic pain

If you're worried you might have been exposed to an STD, RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology offers discreet on-site testing and treatment to give you peace of mind. 

What happens during STD testing?

STDs are typically tested through a blood test, urine test, or by taking a cell sample with a swab. Your practitioner at RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology discusses which test is appropriate for you. 

For example, there are two ways to test for chlamydia and gonorrhea. You can give a urine sample, or your provider may use a swab to take samples from your:

  • Vagina
  • Throat
  • Mouth
  • Rectum
  • Area around your cervix

On the other hand, to diagnose syphilis, your practitioner recommends two blood tests. 

How often do I need STD testing?

Testing frequency depends on a variety of factors, including your sexual history, your age, and your lifestyle. Generally, your practitioner at RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology suggests testing once a year during your well-woman exam.

How are STDs treated?

Your treatment depends on which STD you have. Antibiotics are generally the first line of treatment for many STDs. 

With incurable STDs, such as HIV or herpes, your practitioner at RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology discusses medications to manage your condition so you can enjoy a full, healthy life. 

To get STD testing help from compassionate professionals, call RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology or book online now.