STD Testing Specialist
An important component of preventive health care is STD testing. If you’re sexually active or you’re experiencing symptoms, come into Phoenix Family Medical Care and Advanced Medical Aesthetics in Phoenix to get tested today. Led by Josef Khalil, MD, the team at Phoenix Family Medical Care and Advanced Medical Aesthetics is compassionate, understanding, and ready to help you live life to the fullest. Schedule your screening today online or over the phone.
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STD Testing Q&A
What are STDs?
STDs are sexually transmitted diseases. You can contract an STD through all types of intercourse,
There are countless STDs in the world, and you want to avoid them for various reasons.
Some, for example, increase your risk for cancer, while others can make you infertile or be extremely uncomfortable.
In addition, STDs carry a stigma, and it can be embarrassing and awkward to discuss your status with a potential partner.
What are the most common STDs?
Some of the most common infectious STDs include:
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
Not all STDs display obvious symptoms, and others don’t display any at all until your infection becomes serious. For that reason, if you’re sexually active, it’s important to schedule routine STD screenings.
Am I at risk for an STD?
Some people are at a higher risk than others of contracting an STD.
Such people include those who:
Have unprotected sex
Have multiple sex partners
Have a history of STDs
Use recreational drugs and alcohol, which impair judgment
If you believe you’ve been exposed to an STD, don’t hesitate to get tested.
What happens when I come in for STD testing?
When you come into Phoenix Family Medical Care and Advanced Medical Aesthetics for STD testing, Dr. Khalil starts by asking you a series of questions related to:
Your birth control method
Whether or not you use condoms or another form of protection against transmission
Your number of sex partners
Whether you have sex with men, women, or both
Your STD history
The nature of your symptoms
After asking you some initial questions, Dr. Khalil will order whatever STD tests he deems appropriate. Some results can take several days to come in. If you believe you’ve contracted an STD, abstain from sexual intercourse while you’re waiting on your results. STD testing can be scary, embarrassing, and uncomfortable. However, in order to catch infections and illnesses before they become serious, you need to get tested. If you do test positive for an STD, armed with knowledge, you can face it head-on. Take charge of your sexual health and schedule your STD screening with Dr. Khalil today. Book your appointment over the phone or via the online booking tool.