STD Tests are offered by appointment only. Please call 310 314 5480 to make an appointment.
STD stands for sexually transmitted disease. STDs are infections that are usually spread during sexual encounters that include the exchange of body fluids like semen, pre-cum, vaginal fluids and blood. Unprotected sexual conduct such as oral, anal or vaginal sex, rimming (oral-anal sex), and, in some cases, direct skin-to-skin contact can spread STD’s. Certain STDs may be spread by sharing needles, or from mother to child during pregnancy. STDs are very common in the United States and all over the world. Each year, millions of people every year will become infected with an STD. Many people do not know they are infected because they do not have any symptoms. Listed below are some of the most common symptoms of STDs.
Depending on the STD and when you were infected, you may have many, one or none of the following:
Discharge from the vagina, anus, or urethra (the tube that passes urine)
Burning or pain when you urinate (pee)
Itching or irritation of the genitals
Warts or bumps on or around the genitals
Redness or swelling of the genitals
Sores, blisters, or rashes
Bleeding between periods or after sex
Pain in the abdomen (area below your stomach)
Pain in the testicles (balls)
Nausea, vomiting, or fever
Persistent sore throat
Jaundice (yellowish skin color)
Most STDs can be treated with medication, but early treatment is important to avoid long-term problems such as infertility, chronic pelvic pain, joint problems, heart problems, eye problems, and death. Untreated STDs can also cause serious dangers to a newborn such as premature delivery, eye infections, blindness, pneumonia, rashes and sores, and death.
During your visit the following tests may be performed:
Urine sample (chlamydia and gonorrhea)
Blood test (syphilis, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C)
Blood or oral HIV testing
Rapid HIV test results can be received within 20 minutes and are available for 5 business days after your last HIV test date.
We will give you a follow-up appointment to come back and get your STD test results within 5-7 business days.
We will refer you to a convenient local clinic where you can receive treatment at a price that is reasonable.
Different STDs are spread through different activities. It is important to know which activities can increase your chances of getting certain STDs. We have divided the risks for STDs into four categories: no risk, low risk, moderate risk, and high risk.
Dry kissing (a peck on the lips or cheek)
French, or wet kissing:
Generally safe if the person does not have any cuts or sores. If a person has an open sore due to infection with syphilis, chancroid, or herpes, you may become infected.
Brushing your teeth within 2 hours of performing oral sex:
Brushing your teeth can cause tiny cuts in your mouth that may put you at risk for HIV, syphilis, herpes, warts, or hepatitis B.
Sharing sheets, towels, underwear or bathing suits:
There is a risk that you may become infected with crabs, scabies, or trichomoniasis.
Rubbing or massaging a person’s skin with your hands:
If a person has an open sore or rash on their body caused by syphilis or chancroid, there is a chance that you might become infected if you touch the rash or sore. If you come in close contact with a person who has molluscum contagiosum, crabs, or scabies, you are at risk of becoming infected.
Rubbing your naked body against someone else’s naked body:
If a person has an open sore or rash on their body caused by syphilis orchancroid, there is a chance that you might become infected if you touch the rash or sore. If you come in contact with a person who has molluscum contagiosum, crabs, or scabies, you are at risk of becoming infected. If your genitals come in direct contact with someone who has herpes or warts even if there are no sores or warts present, there is a chance that you can become infected.
Hand job, or mutual masturbation:
If you are touching your partner’s penis or external female genitals and they are infected with syphilis, warts, herpes, crabs, scabies or molluscum contagiosum, it is possible that you can become infected.
Finger banging, or putting fingers inside the vagina:
If a person is infected with scabies or crabs you are at risk of becoming infected. If a woman puts her fingers inside a woman’s vagina that is infected with chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis, and then puts her fingers into her own vagina, she is at risk of becoming infected.
Performing oral sex on a woman/man that is wearing a condom or dental dam:
Generally safe if there is no exchange of semen, blood or vaginal secretions. If the person you are “going down on” has crabs, scabies, herpes, warts or molluscum contagiosum, a condom or dental dam may not provide complete protection.
Sharing dildos or toys without cleaning between uses:
You may be at risk of becoming infected with gonorrhea, chlamydia, NGU, bacterial vaginosis, yeast infection, trichomoniasis, hepatitis A, or HIV.
Vaginal, or anal sex with a condom and lots of lubrication:
If a person is infected with scabies or crabs, you are at risk of becoming infected, even if you are wearing a condom. Condoms do not protect against STDs that are around the genitals and are not covered by the condom. If a person has syphilis, herpes, warts, or molluscum contagiosum, you may become infected, especially if there is direct contact with a rash, sore or bump.
Fisting, or putting a fist in the vagina or anus:
Because fisting can cause tiny lesions in the vagina or anus, you may later be at risk of becoming infected with HIV, hepatitis B, syphilis, warts, herpes, gonorrhea, NGU, or chlamydia.
Oral sex or rimming (oral/anal sex) without a condom or dental dam:
You may be at risk of becoming infected with crabs, scabies, chancroid, chlamydia, gonorrhea, NGU, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis E, molluscum contagiosum, chancroid, herpes, warts, syphilis, or HIV. Oral sex without a condom may be considered moderate risk for HIV rather than high risk.
Vaginal or anal sex without a condom or latex barrier:
You may be at risk of becoming infected with crabs, scabies, chancroid, chlamydia, gonorrhea, NGU, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, hepatitis D, hepatitis E, molluscum contagiosum, chancroid, herpes, warts, syphilis, yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis, or HIV.
You may be at risk of becoming infected with hepatitis B, hepatitis C, hepatitis D, syphilis and HIV.
The best methods of protection against STDs include: condoms, female condoms, dental dams, and gloves. It is also very important to clean needles and sex toys between uses. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B can be prevented by getting vaccinated.
Spermicides like nonoxynol 9 are not effective protection against HIV or any other STD. In fact some people may be allergic to these spermicides and get a rash that could increase their chance of becoming infected with an STD.
If you are monogamous (only have sex with one partner over an extended period of time) and neither you nor your partner is infected with an STD, including HIV, you may decide not to use a condom. This is safe only if you and your partner do not have sex with other people.
Condoms used with lots of water-based lubrication can be a good method of protection against certain STDs. If you have a new partner, or are having sex with multiple partners, you should always use a latex condom when having oral, vaginal or anal sex. Condoms can protect against gonorrhea, chlamydia, NGU, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, trichomoniasis, and HIV.
Condoms can only protect against herpes, warts, syphilis, chancroid, and molluscum contagiosum if the rash, bump or sore caused by these infections is completely covered. Condoms do not protect against scabies or crabs.
Latex is the material most condoms are made of and is the best for protection against STDs. Other materials can break or tear and are not effective protection against STDs. Polyurethane condoms are an effective alternative for those who are allergic to latex. Lambskin does not effectively protect against STDs.
Female condoms are a new alternative to condoms that fit over the penis. A female condom is inserted into the vagina. Female condoms should also be used with plenty of water-based lube. For more information about the female condom visit www.femalehealth.com
- Always use plenty of water-based lube when wearing a condom so it doesn’t break.
- Do not use oils or lotions. They degrade the latex, increasing the chances of breaking the condom.
- Do not store condoms in extreme temperatures.
- Do not use condoms that have expired.
- Examine the condom for holes or tears before you put it on.
How to Use a Condom:
Use a new condom each time you have sex or when sharing dildos. Squeeze the tip of the condom to remove any air. When the penis is hard, place the condom on the tip of the penis and roll all the way down. Never stretch or pull the condom! After cumming, withdraw the penis while it is still hard. Hold on the rim to avoid spills. Make sure you wash your hands and genitals after you have sex. If you are sharing dildos, make sure to use a new condom with each use.
A dental dam is a piece of latex that can cover the outer female genitals for protection during oral sex. A dental dam can also be used for rimming (oral/anal sex). Since many STDs are spread by direct skin to skin contact, a dental dam helps protect both the mouth, genitals, and anus. Without a dental dam, you may be exposed to syphilis, herpes, warts, yeast infections, HIV, gonorrhea, hepatitis A, or molluscum contagiosum. Many of these STDs can be found in or spread to the mouth or ps so it is important to protect yourself. If you don’t have a dental dam, you can use a piece of plastic wrap or cut a condom into a square. To avoid a rubbery taste, you may want to use flavored lube.
How to Use a Dental Dam:
Use a piece of saran wrap or a latex barrier to avoid direct contact with genitals and bodily fluids. Place the barrier on the genitals before giving oral sex. Be careful not to come in contact with any sores or rashes that aren’t covered by the barrier. Be careful not to switch sides. You don’t want to come in contact with any bodily fluids. If you are unsure of which side you have used, throw the barrier away and use a new one.
If you shoot drugs, it is important to always use a clean needle because certain STDs can be spread through the blood. (Shooting drugs into the vein may be called intravenous drug use, or IV drug use.) If you are sharing needles, make sure to clean with bleach between uses to ensure that you are not spreading infections. If you are sharing needles and do not clean them between uses, you may be at risk for HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and hepatitis D. Try to use the following guidelines for cleaning needles between uses:
- Rinse the syringe twice with water.
- Rinse three times with bleach. Hold for 30 seconds each time tapping sides to loosen particles.
- Rinse twice with water to remove the bleach.
Using a latex glove for fingering and fisting can help protect against herpes, warts, syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, molluscum, NGU, yeast infection, trichomonas, hepatitis A, and hepatitis B. Using lots of water-based lubrication can also help increase the pleasure of using gloves. You can also protect yourself and your partner by using a finger cot during fingering. A finger cot looks like a mini condom that fits on your finger.