Dr. Jorge Villarreal provides caring and confidential STD testing in El Paso, Texas. His many years of experience, both in private practice and in-hospital care, have prepared him to ensure his patients have the best possible guidance, testing, and follow-up.
STD Testing Q & A
What is an STD?
Sexually transmitted diseases, also known as STDs, are diseases which result from contracting a sexually transmitted infection. These illnesses are transmitted from person to person during many types of sexual contact and intercourse. These infections can frequently present with no symptoms at all. Symptoms can also develop months or even years following the contraction of the infection. Medically, infections are known as diseases once they begin to display symptoms. This is why people will also often hear the term sexually transmitted infection (STI) used quite often by medical professionals. However, it’s very common for people to use the term sexually transmitted diseases when there are no symptoms actually present. Many types of STDs can be effectively treated but some can also cause very serious symptoms. A few can even be fatal if left unaddressed.
Should you Have STD Screening?
For chlamydia and gonorrhea, screening is important because even if you do not have signs or symptoms, you can be unaware that you have either or these infections. You should have annual screen for chlamydia and gonorrhea if you are:
- A sexually active girl or woman under the age of 25
- A woman older than 25 and at risk of STIs
- A man who has sex with men
- Someone who has tested positive for HIV
- Someone who has been forced to have intercourse or engage in some other sexual activity
HIV, syphilis and hepatitis – You should have HIV testing, at least once, as a regular part of medical care if you are between the age of 15 and 65. Request HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis screening if you:
- Had more than one sexual partner since your last testing
- Test positive for another STI
- Are a man who has sex with men
- Are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant
- Use intravenous (IV) drugs
- Have been forced to have intercourse or engage in some other sexual activity
What if I Do Test Positive?
Consider further testing and get treatment. Your sex partner or partners should be informed and encouraged to be screened as well.