STI Testing

Obstetrics and Gynecologist in West Houston, TX
STI Testing

If you’re sexually active, you’re at risk of getting sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In many cases, you may not have symptoms right away. That’s why the Elite Women's Care Center team in Houston, Texas, offers STI testing, which is a simple, quick process. If you have concerns about STIs, don’t wait. Schedule an appointment today by phone or online.

STI Testing Q & A

Why is STI testing important?

STIs don’t always have symptoms, especially in the early stages. Unfortunately, the lack of testing can easily contribute to increasing STI transmission rates. 

If you’re sexually active, regular tests are the best way to know if you have a sexually transmitted disease. Many STIs can be treated and cleared up, while others can cause lasting issues if they aren’t diagnosed and treated. 

Untreated STIs can lead to:

  • Certain cancers
  • Infertility
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Immune system problems.

STIs can also be passed on to your baby during delivery. That’s why STI testing should be a routine part of your health care if you have an active sex life. 

What infections does STI testing diagnose?

Some of the common STIs include:

  • Chlamydia
  • HIV
  • Gonorrhea
  • Hepatitis A, B, and C
  • Genital herpes
  • Syphilis
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Trichomoniasis

STIs also include genital warts.

Why should I have STI testing?

There are many reasons to have STI testing. It can prevent the transmission of diseases to a partner and diagnose an infection in its early stages so you can receive proper treatment as soon as possible and protect your health.

When you don’t have symptoms, you might not know you have an STI, which can lead to future complications. When you have an accurate diagnosis, treatment can begin. 

How is STI testing performed?

Testing methods for STIs include:

  • Urine samples
  • Swabs
  • Blood tests
  • Physical examinations
  • Biopsies

Though there are tests available that you can take at home, a medical specialist at Elite Women’s Care Center should perform your test for reliability and accuracy. They can also prescribe effective treatment if you have a positive result.

Most STI tests only take a few minutes. In some cases, you can get your results and treatment, as needed, on the same day. Other times, test results can take up to one week. 

STI testing plays a role in your overall preventive health care. It can also help you take care of your reproductive health.

To learn more about STI testing or to schedule an appointment with the caring Elite Women’s Care Center team, call or click online today.