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STD Testing and Treatment

Sometimes called an STD, STI stands for “sexually transmitted infection.” STIs are infections that get passed from one person to another during sex. While STI is the more accurate term, we will use STD here since this is the term that most people use. Learn more here.

Many STDs have no symptoms, so people who are infected may not know they have an STD and unknowingly spread the infection to other people they have sex with. Lack of information, misconceptions, and social stigma may keep people from getting tested. Make an appointment to get tested at Planned Parenthood.

STI Testing at Home

It's true! Patients can now get tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea from the privacy of their home. The STI testing kit is mailed to your home after a visit with the clinician. Learn more about this new service!

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Why should I get tested for STDs?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that nearly half of all new cases of STDs each year occur in people between the ages of 15 and 24. The good news is we can protect ourselves and each other from STDs. Practicing safer sex allows you to reduce your risk of getting sexually transmitted infections. Make sure both you and your partner get tested before having sex, and use protection every time. Getting tested allows you to get any treatments you may need.

How do I know if I have an STD?

How do I know if I have an STD?

Getting tested is the only way to know if you have an STD. STD testing is usually quick and painless. Get answers to all your questions about when and how to get tested for STDs in this video.

How can I talk to my partner about STD testing?

How can I talk to my partner about STD testing?

Scared to talk about STD testing with your partner? We've got your back. Learn how STD testing works, and how to talk to your partner about getting tested to stay safe and healthy.

How long does it take to get STD test results?

STD test results can take between five and ten days. If you have testing done at Planned Parenthood, we’ll contact you ONLY if your results are positive. If this is the case, we’ll give you a call to ask you to come back for follow up. We do not contact patients if the results are negative. Patients can view negative results in the Patient Portal. If you want to confirm a negative result or want a copy for your records, please call the health center or stop by for a copy.

HIV testing results can take seven to ten business days. If you choose to do rapid HIV testing, results can take as little as twenty minutes.

View more frequently asked questions about STD testing.

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