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STD Testing Specialist

Jivana Care -  - Family Medicine

Jivana Care

Family Medicine located in Bethesda, MD

If you’re sexually active, regular sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing is one of the most important things you can do. Family medicine physicians Gezzer Ortega, MD, and the team at Jivana Care in Bethesda, Maryland, offer convenient and confidential STD testing. For the highest degree of professionalism and privacy in STD testing, call the office or request an appointment online today.

STD Testing Q&A

What is STD testing?

STD testing checks for diseases that spread through any type of sexual contact. STD testing is not only the responsible thing to do for yourself, but it protects your sexual partners as well.

To promote a healthy and vibrant community, the team at Jivana Care strives to make STD testing accessible and convenient for everyone. They offer comprehensive STD testing services, including promotional packages and a special price for self-pay patients.

Why is STD testing important?

Most STDs don’t cause symptoms, so the only way you can be certain you don’t have one is to get tested. It’s especially important to get tested if you’ve had unprotected sex with someone who has an STD or if you have symptoms of an STD.

Women shouldn’t assume they’re getting an STD test during a pelvic exam or Pap test. Unless you specifically ask for STD testing, it’s probably not included.

What diseases does STD testing screen for?

The skilled team at Jivana Care provides a variety of thorough STD testing packages.

Comprehensive STD panel

The comprehensive panel includes nine STD tests, checking for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, urinary tract infections (UTI), and hepatitis B and C.

Standard STD panel

The standard panel is four tests, screening for HIV, UTI, syphilis, and chlamydia/gonorrhea.

HIV and herpes

This testing package screens for HIV and herpes simplex virus (HSV) types 1 and 2.

Chlamydia and gonorrhea

This is a test for chlamydia and gonorrhea only.

When should I get STD testing?

If you’re sexually active, it’s a good idea to get STD testing at least once a year, even if you don’t have any symptoms.

You should schedule an appointment for STD testing at Jivana Care if you’ve had sexual contact with someone and notice any of the following STD symptoms:

  • Bumps or sores on or around your genitals, thighs, or buttocks
  • Itching, pain, or irritation in your genitals or anus
  • A burning sensation during urination
  • Abnormal discharge from the penis or vagina
  • Flu-like symptoms such as fever, body aches, and fatigue

These symptoms can be due to something other than an STD, but getting tested is essential. If you do have an STD, the team provides prompt treatment.

Call Jivana Care or book an appointment online today for convenient and confidential STD testing.