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Testing and Treatment

Everyone deserves a sex life that is healthy, safe, and enjoyable. Getting comfortable talking with your partners about STIs, getting tested, and using protection are all part of a healthy, empowered sex life. Planned Parenthood is here to help you stay healthy no matter who you are or how you have sex. We offer STI prevention options, testing, treatment, education, and information to help you take charge of your sexual health.

Testing and Treatment Services

Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a bacterial infection in the vagina. The main symptom of BV is white, gray, greenish and/or foamy vaginal discharge with a strong fish smell. Other possible symptoms include itching or burning during urination.

When should I get it? - When  you are experiencing any of the above symptoms.

Pap Tests

Pap tests, also known as Pap smears, are a type of cervical cancer screening. During a Pap test, the clinician will use a speculum to open the vagina and then use a swab to collect cells from the cervix.

When should I get it? -  If you’re between 20 and 29, every three years. If you're between 30 and 65, you need a Pap combined with an HPV test every five years.

Pregnancy Testing

A pregnancy test is a urine test to see if you’re pregnant. Testing by blood draw is available upon request. Common symptoms of early pregnancy include a late period, nausea, tender or swollen breasts, and frequent urination.

When should I get it? - When you have any of the above symptoms.

STI/HIV Testing

If you don’t have symptoms, STI/HIV testing involves a urine test and a blood draw to test for the following: gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomonas, HIV and syphilis. If you have symptoms, then a clinician will examine your symptoms before testing.

When should I get it? - Either once a year or before/after every new partner, whichever comes first.

UTI Testing and Treatment

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in the urinary tract. Symptoms of an UTI include burning or pain during urination, the urge to urinate when your bladder is empty, an uncontrollable urge to urinate all the time, and/or lower abdominal pain or back pain.

When should I get it? - When you are experiencing any of the above symptoms.

Yeast Infection Testing and Treatment

A yeast infection can occur when there is too much of a certain type of yest called candida. Symptoms of a yeast infection include abnormal discharge, unusual odor, irritation, bleeding or pain. Only a health care professional can tell if you really have a yeast infection and not something more serious.

When should I get it? - When you have any of the above symptoms.