STD Testing Specialist

AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Ellicott City

Primary Care Physicians located in Ellicott City, MD

STD testing is sometimes perceived as embarrassing or inconvenient, but the caring team at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Ellicott City, Maryland, is ready to change the way that patients look at STD tests. You can get rapid and convenient STD testing as part of your annual wellness exam, during walk-in appointments, or whenever works for you. Results are discrete and fast, so call or book online now.

STD Testing Q & A

What does the standard STD testing package include?

At AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Ellicott City, the standard STD testing package checks for some of the most common STDs including:

  • Gonorrhea
  • Trichomonas
  • HIV test
  • Syphilis

Your care provider uses both urine and blood samples for this battery of tests. The urine tests detect chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomonas while the blood tests detect HIV and syphilis.

AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Ellicott City uses the most advanced testing techniques available for maximum accuracy and speed in delivering results. For example, the HIV test used is the fourth generation of tests that checks for HIV antibodies as well as p24 viral proteins (antigens). The fourth generation test is very reliable and can detect HIV as soon as one month after exposure.

What kind of individual STD tests are available?

AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Ellicott City offers individual STD tests including:

  • Herpes simplex 1 and 2: lesion tests to verify diagnosis and determine the type of herpes
  • HIV: the HIV polymerase chain reaction test can detect HIV within 72 hours of exposure
  • Hepatitis B and C: both blood tests

Not all patients need the individual STD tests, but your care provider may recommend one or more of them based on your symptoms, your exposure to the STD, and your personal concerns. Just as with the standard STD tests, the individual tests are done on-site.

What are the symptoms of an STD?

The most common symptom of STD is actually nothing at all. Most STDs don’t cause noticeable symptoms immediately. But, if an STD does cause symptoms, you may experience some of the following things.

  • Unusual discharge that may be lumpy, discolored, or smelly
  • Warts, bumps, sores, or other growths in the genitals, anus, or mouth areas
  • Sore throat after oral sex
  • Skin rash
  • Pain during or after intercourse
  • Pain during urination

If you suspect that you might have an STD, don’t wait for symptoms to get tested. By detecting the STD in its early stages, you can begin treatment right away to avoid the most serious consequences.

For rapid, reliable, and private STD testing, use online scheduling or call AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Ellicott City now.