Sometimes all it takes to relieve any concerns about a trip to the doctor’s office or medical clinic is more information about what you can expect. When it comes to Orlando STI testing, Harmony Healthcare Orlando makes your experience easy and confidential.
STI (sexually transmitted infection, also known as an STD or sexually transmitted disease) testing and treatment is an important part of your overall sexual health. There are over 30 different STIs in existence, and they are commonly spread through sexual activity. Harmony Healthcare Orlando makes Orlando STI testing simple, with on-site lab services provided in an inclusive and respectful environment. As part of our mission to improve the health of our community, these services are provided to our patients at no cost.
How Do I Know I Need Orlando STI Testing?
If you have engaged in any activity that can expose you to an STI, such as oral, vaginal, or anal sex, you should consider testing. Knowing your STI status is a critical first step towards stopping further transmission.
Do STIs Have Symptoms?
Many STIs do not have any initial symptoms, and others have symptoms that can come and go over time. Although each infection has its own specific symptoms, some common ones may include:
Bumps or sores around your penis or vagina
A burning sensation when urinating
Pain during sex
Pain, itching, or swelling around your penis, vagina, or anus
Fever, body aches, exhaustion
What Can I Expect From Orlando STI Testing?
When you meet with your healthcare provider at Harmony Healthcare Orlando, they will ask you a variety of questions about any symptoms you are having, your sexual history, and other information that is relevant to your care. You can share as much as you feel comfortable sharing, but remember that the more information your provider has, the better they can care for you.
Next, your provider will begin the testing process. There is no specific test for all STIs, so your healthcare provider will recommend the right ones based on your situation. Your STI test may involve one or more of the following:
A physical examination
Collection of a urine sample
A blood test
An oral swab and/or rectal swab
Once testing is completed, any samples collected will go to the lab for analysis. This could take anywhere from a few hours to several days, and your healthcare provider will contact you with the results.
What If I Had A Bad Experience Before?
Harmony Healthcare Orlando was developed with one goal in mind: to provide high-quality, accessible care in a welcoming and inclusive environment. If you are feeling unsure about seeking Orlando STI testing or treatment because of an unpleasant past encounter, we can assure you that your experience with us will be different in every way.
We work with our patients to build a foundation of understanding and respect, and work side by side with our community to connect them to the resources they need. Contact us by filling out our online contact form, and take charge of your health today.