STD Testing

John R Toth, D.O.

Board Certified Family Medicine Physician & Hyperbaric Medicine Specialist located in Concord, CA

There are 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases every year, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated. Dr. John R. Toth helps men and women living in Concord, California minimize their risk of exposure, reduce their chances of spreading the infection to others, and alleviate their symptoms. If you’re due for a routine screening or think you’re experiencing symptoms, book an appointment online or by phone.

STD Testing Q & A

Which sexually transmitted diseases can I be tested for?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) affect people differently based on their age and gender. As a result, STD tests vary accordingly. Screenings check for these common STDs, among others:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Herpes or warts
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Hepatitis B

Dr. Toth screens for STDs during your annual exam, though some require more regular screenings. For example, you should get tests for HIV every six months, and if you feel as though you’ve been exposed to an STD, you’ll want to call Dr. Toth and schedule an appointment.

How do you test for an STD?

There are different tests for each STD, though some procedures can test for more than one. The most common kinds of STD testing include:

  • Blood sample (from either a blood draw or a finger prick)
  • Urine sample
  • Swab of the inside of the mouth
  • Swab from the genitals, such as the urethra in men or the cervix in women
  • Swab of any discharge or sores
  • Anal swab

How are sexually transmitted diseases treated?

With years of experience treating and preventing STDs, Dr. Toth provides effective and practical treatments for his patients to get rid of an unwanted disease.

Each STD requires its own form of treatment. For instance, a viral STD, like herpes or hepatitis B, requires an individualized medication regimen to combat the virus. Alternatively, for a bacterial STD, like gonorrhea, Dr. Toth will typically prescribe antibiotics.  

In special cases, Dr. Toth might prescribe a topical solution or ointments, especially if you’re pregnant and can’t take antibiotics.

More extreme STDs, like HIV, the virus that can lead to AIDS, don’t have a known cure. Prevention and management are the way to go here. Dr. Toth can give you practical advice on avoiding exposure and finding treatment to keep you stable.

Please note that STDs are contagious, so if you’ve tested positive for one, you should speak with your sexual partner and explain that they are at risk, too.

Contact Dr. Toth today to schedule an STD screening or to learn more about ways in which you can prevent infection.