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STD Testing Specialist

Delmar Primary Care Associates

Dannie E. Williams, MD, MPH

Primary Care located in St. Louis, MO

Experiencing symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or knowing you’re at risk for one can be a daunting experience. Fortunately, Dannie Williams, MD, MPH, offers compassionate and confidential STD testing at Delmar Primary Care Associates in St. Louis, Missouri. If you think you’ve been exposed to an STD or if you have symptoms, call Delmar Primary Care Associates to schedule your test or book an appointment online right away.

STD Testing Q&A

What is STD testing?

Sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing is a fast and painless process to diagnose diseases and infections that spread through sexual contact. To decide which STDs to test you for, Dr. Williams asks a series of questions about your sexual history, symptoms, and other behaviors that might spread certain infections, like sharing needles.

There are a few methods for STD testing, and Dr. Williams might recommend more than one. She can diagnose STDs using:

  • Blood tests
  • Urinalysis
  • Saliva swab
  • A physical examination of your genital area
  • A fluid swab sample from a blister or lesion
  • Urethra, vagina, or cervix swab

It takes several days or even upwards of a week to get definitive results from most STD tests. However, you may be able to get a rapid human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) test with results available in about 20 minutes. 

Which diseases can STD testing diagnose?

The STD tests available at Delmar Primary Care Associates can identify many different infections that can spread and cause serious complications if you don’t catch and treat them early, even if they don’t express symptoms. Dr. Williams provides tests for common STDs like:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Hepatitis B
  • Syphilis
  • Herpes
  • Trichomoniasis
  • HIV

Some diseases are curable while others are not. Dr. Williams gets back to you as soon as possible with your results and makes a treatment recommendation if necessary. 

When should I come in for STD testing?

Surprisingly, in most cases, STDs do not cause any symptoms. It can be tricky to figure out if you should get a test or not, but there are a few instances when you should definitely get a test. 

If you’re sexually active, you can benefit from an STD test at any time. You should consider requesting a test at Delmar Primary Care Associates if:

  • You’ve had unprotected sex with a new partner
  • You’ve experienced rape or sexual assault
  • You find out a sexual partner has an STD
  • You’re pregnant (STDs can affect fetal development)
  • You have concerning symptoms (e.g., sores, discharge, irritation)

Symptoms of STDs may seem concerning, but some can be linked to conditions other than STDs. For example, burning while you urinate could indicate a urinary tract infection instead of an STD. Still, you should schedule a test if you’re concerned, so you know for sure.

Receiving a positive result from STD testing can be concerning, but thankfully most STDs are treatable with antibiotics or other prescribed medications. 

If you think you’ve been exposed to any STD, call Delmar Primary Care Associates for a test or request an appointment online right away.