STD Testing

North City Urgent Care

Daniel Bekele, MD, AP

Urgent Care & Primary Care located in St. Louis, MO

Going to a doctor for STD testing and treatment isn’t something anyone looks forward to, but Dr. Daniel Bekele and the compassionate staff at North City Urgent Care in St. Louis make walk-ins feel as comfortable as possible. If you think you might have symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease, get the care you need as soon as you need it, without the wait at a regular doctor’s office. For faster service, pre-register using the online portal.

STD Testing

What are STDs?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) result from conduct and contact of a sexual nature. These diseases are acquired via bodily fluids in semen, blood, and vaginal secretions.

These infections can also be transmitted in non-sexual ways, through sharing needles or blood transfusions, or from mother to infant during pregnancy or childbirth.

What are the symptoms of STDs?

There aren’t always fool-proof symptoms in STDs, which is why it’s important to get tested regularly if you’re sexually active. This also means that it’s possible to contract an STD from otherwise healthy individuals. Some people may not even know that they’re infected.

STD symptoms may include:

  • Discharge from the penis
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding or odd-smelling discharge
  • A burning feeling while urinating
  • Painful sex
  • Fever
  • Rash on hands, feet, or torso
  • Swollen lymph nodes, particularly in the groin
  • Lower abdominal pain

Depending on the disease, it could be days or years before symptoms show. No matter what, STD treatment should be obtained immediately if you think you’ve been exposed.

What are the causes of STDs?

There can be several causes for STDs, such as:

  • Bacteria (syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea)
  • Viruses (genital herpes, HIV, human papillomavirus)
  • Parasites (trichomoniasis)

Non-sexual causes of STDs may include Giardia intestinalis, shigella, and the hepatitis A, B and C viruses.

How do you diagnose STDs?

Dr. Bekele asks you targeted questions about any symptoms you may have, as well as about your sexual history. While not generally pleasant, these questions will help him identify any infections you may have contracted, and get you on your way to feeling better as soon as possible.

STD tests may include blood tests, urine tests, or fluid testing from active genital sores.

How do you treat STDs?

Dr. Bekele plays a pivotal role in STD treatment. After asking the necessary questions and performing the requisite tests, he prescribes medication as soon as possible to alleviate your symptoms. You should also notify any sexual partners immediately.

STD treatment may include antibiotics, which will cure diseases like syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis. Antiviral drugs may be prescribed in the presence of herpes or HIV.

If you live in St. Louis and suspect you may have been exposed to an STD, stop by North City Urgent Care for immediate treatment. If you’re pregnant or may be, it’s even more important to be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.