STI/STD Testing

STI/STD Testing
STIs, or sexually-transmitted infections, are infections passed from one person to another through sexual contact. At Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center, the expert, all-female staff provides testing for STIs, so you can resolve the infection, manage it if it can’t be cured, and reduce the risk of infecting others. Call us to make an appointment at our Longmont or Boulder, Colorado, clinics.

STI/STD Testing Q & A

Is an STI the same as an STD?

While some people may be more familiar with the term STD (sexually-transmitted disease), at Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center, they use the term sexually-transmitted infection (STI) instead. The word disease can imply a long-term medical condition with obvious signs or symptoms. However, many sexually-transmitted infections have no symptoms and can be cleared up with treatment. An STI can be caused by bacteria, a virus, or other type of microscopic organism.

What STIs can I be tested for?

Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center offers testing, diagnosis, and testing for the following:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Herpes
  • HPV (including genital warts)
  • Pubic lice/crabs
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis

Some sexually-transmitted diseases can be cured with antibiotics, while others can be treated, but not cured.

What are the symptoms of an STI?

Anyone is susceptible to developing an STI, and the symptoms vary according to the type of infection. Any unusual symptoms in the genital area can indicate a problem. Watch for:

  • Sores or clusters of blisters
  • Pelvic pain that’s not related to your period
  • Unusual discharge
  • Pain when urinating or blood in the urine
  • Abnormal vaginal spotting or bleeding

Even if the symptoms disappear after a few days or weeks, the infection may remain and still require treatment. It is not true that once you have an STI that you can’t get it again -- they can recur.

What if I need to be tested for HIV/AIDS?

The people at Boulder County AIDS Project offer free rapid HIV testing to Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center patients. These tests are available at the Boulder location on the first two Tuesdays of the month from 4-6pm, and at the Longmont location the third Wednesday of the month from 4-6pm. Testing is provided on a first come-first served basis.

How can I prevent STIs?

Abstinence from sexual contact is the most reliable way to avoid STIs, but isn’t always practical. Other precautions:

  • Know if your partner has other partners too
  • Limit the number of sexual partners you have
  • Use a condom or dental dam during sex
  • Visit your doctor or nurse practitioner for annual exams
  • Get treatment for suspicious genital symptoms immediately
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