STD Testing Specialist

Cosmopolitan Medical Practice

Dr. Robin McKinney, DO

Family Practice & Travel Medicine located in East Harlem, New York, NY

It’s estimated that by age 25, half of all sexually active adults contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD), but most people don’t get tested. If you have concerns about an STD, Dr. Robin McKinney, DO, and her team at Cosmopolitan Medical Practice in East Harlem, New York, offer confidential, nonjudgmental STD testing. Call the office today, or request an appointment online to schedule your STD testing.

STD Testing Q & A

What are STDs?

STDs refer to infectious diseases that are passed from person to person through sexual contact, including vaginal, anal, and oral sex. There are many different types of STDs, including:

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

Anyone who is sexually active can get an STD. If not treated, an STD can lead to more health complications. STDs are especially problematic for women and if not treated may lead to organ damage and increase the risk of infertility or certain types of cancer. Although condoms offer protection against many STDs, they may not protect you from all types.

Who needs STD testing?

If you’re sexually active, you should get tested for STDs, whether you’re straight, gay, married, or single. It’s especially important to get tested if you have more than one sexual partner or you or your partner has an STD.

You should also schedule an STD test if you’re experiencing symptoms that may indicate that something is wrong, such as:

  • Pain during intercourse
  • Genital burning or itching
  • Appearance of sores or warts on your genitalia
  • Foul smelling discharge
  • Unexplained fever

STDs don’t always cause symptoms, so you shouldn’t wait to until symptoms develop to get tested if you have concerns about an infection.

What can I expect during STD testing?

Your specialist at Cosmopolitan Medical Practice provides compassionate care when you come in with concerns about an STD. To determine the best STD test for you, your specialist reviews your sexual and medical history and symptoms, if any. Your specialist also conducts a physical exam.

Your STD testing may include a blood or urine test based on the results of your examination.

What happens after my STD testing?

After your STD testing, your specialist at Cosmopolitan Medical Practice provides you with a general time frame on when you can expect your results and contacts you when they’re available.

If your STD test comes back positive, your specialist provides treatment to help clear up or manage your STD. Bacterial and parasitic STDs, such as chlamydia or trichomoniasis, can be treated and cured with antibiotics. However viral STDs, such as HPV and HIV, can’t be cured, but you can get treatment to manage your symptoms.

To schedule your STD test, call Cosmopolitan Medical Practice today, or book online.