Wondering whether to get an STD/STI test?
STD testing should be done regularly, as many STDs don’t cause symptoms.
If left undetected and untreated, STDs can cause permanent damage to the female reproductive organs, and affect your ability to bear children.
Who should get tested for STDs?
If you’ve had unprotected oral, vaginal or anal sexual contact, or have had multiple partners before, consider getting tested for STDs.
How is an STD test done?
The STD test process is simple.
First, your doctor will speak to you in detail about your sexual history, and check if you have any symptoms.
Read more about STD symptoms here.
After that your doctor will perform a blood test, which will be sent to the laboratory for processing.
Our blood investigations include tests for HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Syphilis and Herpes Simplex Virus (Type 1 and 2).
Following this, your doctor will perform a pelvic examination.
A small plastic device known as a speculum will be inserted into your vagina, to allow better visualisation of the vaginal walls and cervix.
Some swabs will be taken from the vagina and cervix, and will be tested for 8 different infections, including chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomonas, and candida.
Your doctor may also perform a Pap Smear, along with a test for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), during your pelvic examination.
Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may also order a pelvic ultrasound, to look for abnormalities in your uterus, ovaries or cervix.
Test results are usually ready in 1 week.
Your doctor will review the results of your tests with you, and recommend further treatment.
Read more about the specific types of STDs here.
STD testing is easy, and most STDs can be easily treated with antibiotics.
Don’t delay your testing, contact your healthcare provider to get your sexual health screening done promptly.
Need a Female Doctor?
Having Women’s Health concerns? Please visit us or contact us at our GP Plus Clinics in Singapore. We are open on weekends too. For more information, please visit DTAP Clinic website, www.dtapclinic.com or email them at email@example.com