STD Testing Specialist

South Florida Care Center

Infectious Disease Specialists & Primary Care Practice located in Pompano Beach, FL & Fort Lauderdale, FL

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a major public health issue, affecting millions of people every year. STDs are among the leading causes of death in Florida, especially among at-risk populations. The team of infectious disease specialists, including Thierre Alphonse, APRN, and Lazaro Salgado, APRN, at South Florida Care Center provide confidential STD testing at their offices in Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. To schedule your STD testing, call or book online today.

STD Testing Q&A

What are STDs?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections passed from person to person through sexual contact. In most cases, STDs are contracted through vaginal, anal, or oral sex. However, some STDs, like human papillomavirus (HPV) and herpes, spread through skin-to-skin contact.

There are more than 20 known STDs. Some of the most common include:

  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia
  • HIV/AIDS
  • HPV
  • Herpes
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Hepatitis

STDs affect all types of people. However, health consequences are greater in women than men. STDs in women may lead to gynecological cancer or infertility when left undiagnosed and untreated.

Who needs STD testing?

The infectious disease specialists at South Florida Care Center urge anyone who thinks they might have an STD to schedule an STD test. You also need STD testing if your sexual partner tested positive for an STD.

The team further recommends STD testing for those who have sex without using condoms, have multiple sexual partners, or have a sexual partner with multiple partners. 

You may also benefit from testing if you have STD symptoms, such as:

  • Unusual genital discharge
  • Genital sores or warts
  • Pain during sex
  • Blisters or sores around the mouth
  • Abnormal genital odor
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever

It’s also possible to have an STD and not have symptoms. If you have any doubts or concerns, schedule a confidential consultation at South Florida Care Center.

What are the types of STD testing?

There are many types of STD testing. The type of testing you need depends on your sexual history, medical history, and symptoms (if any). Your provider at South Florida Care Center conducts a comprehensive evaluation when you come in for STD testing.

South Florida Care Center checks for all types of STDs, including HIV, syphilis, and herpes. The team may perform a urine, blood, or saliva test to check for STDs.

When can I expect results from STD testing?

The South Florida Care Center team tells you when you can expect your STD testing results at the time of your exam. For some infections, results may be available right away. For others, results may take days or weeks.

The team contacts you once they have your results. If you test positive, the team provides treatment to help clear up or manage your STD. 

They also talk to you about the steps you can take to protect yourself from getting an STD or passing an STD to your sexual partner.

STD testing is important for your overall health and well-being. Call South Florida Care Center or schedule your test online today.