STD Testing Questions and Answers
Premier Urgent Care in Newington, CT is an excellent place to go to for STD testing! We also provide other tests, such as pap smears, blood work, and drug testing, depending on your needs. For more information please call us or book an appointment online. We serve patients from Newington CT, New Britain CT, Wethersfield CT, Hartford CT, West Hartford CT, Bristol CT and Cromwell, CT.
If you are worried that you may have a sexually transmitted disease, it can be a scary and vulnerable experience, and it can be challenging to know who you should talk to about it. Here at Premier Urgent Care, we want you to know that we prioritize and highly respect your privacy and confidentiality when it comes to STD testing. Our team of medical professionals is committed to making Premier Urgent Care a safe place for anyone to go to for STD testing!
Does a Pap smear include STD testing?
Strictly speaking, a pap smear does not test for sexually transmitted diseases or infections. Rather, pap smears are intended to test for cellular changes in your cervix that could indicate cervical a potential risk of cervical cancer. However, if you are getting a pap smear test, you can request that your doctor also test for certain STDs, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, or the human papillomavirus, by collecting fluid around the cervix at your appointment. At Premier Urgent Care, our board-certified physicians can provide you with both reliable pap smear and STD tests with efficiency and care.
What STD test should I get?
The specific STD test you should get depends on a variety of different factors, including age, sexual orientation, number of partners, substance use, and more.
For example, it is recommended to have an annual STD test for chlamydia and gonorrhea if you are a sexually active woman under 25 or are having sex with multiple partners, if you are a male who is sexually active with the same sex, if you have been diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), or if you have been the victim of rape or non-consensual sex.
Likewise, national guidelines encourage you to get tested for HIV, hepatitis, and syphilis if you test positive for another sexually transmitted infection, have sex with multiple partners or with someone who has sex with multiple partners, use intravenous drugs, are a male who is sexually active with other males, are pregnant or trying to conceive, or have been the victim of rape or non-consensual sex.
If you think you should get tested for an STD but are unsure which test you should get, we welcome you to come to see one of our board-certified physicians! When you inform of your concerns and reasons for seeking an STD test, they can guide you toward the right choice with their expert medical opinion.
What does a full panel STD test include?
A full or comprehensive STD panel test screens for ten different sexually transmitted diseases, which are as follows:
- Hepatitis A, B, and C
- Herpes type 1 and type 2
- HIV type 1 and type 2
Can doctors tell if you have an STD?
Most of the time, a doctor will not be able to tell if you have a sexually transmitted disease on sight alone until they conduct a test. Afterward, they can provide you with definitive proof, either that you have an STD or not.
If you are looking for a safe and trusted urgent care clinic in Newington, CT, to get tested for a sexually transmitted disease, you can trust us to do excellent work at Premier Urgent Care! If you wish, you can schedule an appointment with us through our website or call us at (860) 436-3757. However, you can also receive STD by coming to our clinic for a walk-in appointment at 2909 Berlin Turnpike in Newington, Connecticut, anytime from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM during the week or 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on the weekend.