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STD Screening

Los Angeles Primary Care

Board Certified Internal Medicine located in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA

Sexually transmitted disease (STD) screening helps keep you and your sexual partner or partners safe. At Los Angeles Primary Care in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, Sera Ramadan, DO, provides screening for common STDs that often don’t present symptoms, like chlamydia and gonorrhea. For help deciding whether or not you should get an STD screening, call Los Angeles Primary Care, or book an appointment online today. Telehealth appointments are also available.

STD Screening Q & A

What are STDs?

Sexually transmitted diseases or STDs are infections that you can get and transmit with sexual contact. While common, many STDs come without symptoms but can still lead to a variety of health issues as a result. Thankfully, most are treatable, and you can diagnose them with a simple screening test at Los Angeles Primary Care.

Most STDs have more severe effects on women than on men, but anyone can get them. Contracting an STD while pregnant (or getting pregnant when you have an STD) can have detrimental effects on your baby, which is another reason why it’s important to keep a close eye on your sexual health. 

What is STD screening?

STD screening refers to the testing process for many of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. STD screening methods might differ depending on which STDs you and Dr. Ramadan decide to test for. Common screening techniques include:

  • Urine testing
  • Blood testing
  • A cheek swab
  • A vaginal or penile swab
  • A physical examination of your genital area


Even if you don’t have any symptoms, STD screening can show whether or not you have an STD and need treatment for it. You can still spread an STD if you don’t have any symptoms, so it’s important to refrain from having sex until you get a negative result or finish treatment for your STD. 

Antibiotics can treat bacterial or parasitic STDs. While viral STDs don’t currently have a cure, you can take medications to reduce or manage symptoms. 

When should I get an STD screening?

You should consider getting an STD test if anything feels out of the ordinary in your genital region. However, since STDs don’t always cause symptoms and because symptoms can come and go with time, you should get an STD screening if you’ve had unprotected sex with a new partner or if your partner has an STD diagnosis. 

Which STDs can a screening diagnose?

Screening tests are available at Los Angeles Primary Care for the following common sexually transmitted diseases:

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

HIV is a viral STD affecting your immune system. There is no cure, but there are treatments available to minimize its effects.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a viral infection that you can spread through sexual activity and other forms of transmission, like sharing a razor.

Syphilis

Syphilis is a bacterial STD that is highly treatable. Without treatment, it can become very serious and cause complications like tumors or paralysis.

Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a highly common bacterial STD that usually has no symptoms. It’s very easy to treat with a round of antibiotics.

Gonorrhea

Like chlamydia, gonorrhea is bacterial and highly treatable. You might experience burning or discharge, but it often comes with no symptoms at all. 

Genital herpes

Genital herpes is a viral STD that causes sores to flare up on your genital area. The disease has no cure, but you can manage it and prevent outbreaks.

For peace of mind and better sexual health, you should consider getting an STD screening. Call Los Angeles Primary Care, or book your screening online today.