Clinica Tu Salud
Jaxel Lopez, MD
Board Certified Family Medicine located in Irving, TX
Dr. Jaxel Lopez-Sepulveda knows the risks associated with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). At Clinica tu Salud, he provides STD testing and quality medical care for men and women in Irving, Texas. Some sexually transmitted diseases don’t show symptoms and can lead to infertility and other complications if left untreated. STD testing is an essential part of your preventive care. Call or book an appointment online to find out more.
STD Testing Q & A
What is a sexually transmitted disease?
A sexually transmitted disease (STD) is contracted through sexual activity. Engaging in sexual activity without protection can lead to an STD regardless of your sex or sexuality.
Some STDs can be transmitted without any sexual contact, such as hepatitis. Hepatitis is transmitted when you come into contact with the blood of a person who’s infected.
There isn’t a foolproof method to protect you from STDs, but there are effective tests that can help Dr. Lopez-Sepulveda detect a disease or infection that might have otherwise gone unnoticed. Clinica tu Salud provides STD testing in a convenient on-site lab for fast results and accuracy. Detecting STDs early lowers your risk of complications.
If you’re sexually active with multiple partners, it’s important you receive regular STD tests. Dr. Lopez-Sepulveda can devise a plan and help you to decide what tests are right for you and how frequently you should take them.
What methods of STD testing are available?
There are a number of STD testing methods available, including:
- Blood tests
- Visual exam
- Urine samples
Dr. Lopez-Sepulveda typically provides blood tests and a physical exam to diagnose an STD.
What are some of the most common STDs?
Common STDs include:
- Genital warts
- Genital herpes
- Chlamydia – a genital tract bacterial infection
- Hepatitis – viral infections that impact your liver
- HIV – an infection of the human immunodeficiency virus
- Gonorrhea – a genital tract bacterial infection that can also grow in the mouth, throat, anus, and eyes
- Trichomoniasis – a common STD caused by a microscopic parasite that usually infects the vagina or urinary tract
What are the benefits of STD testing?
STD testing helps you to protect your general and reproductive health. Since some diseases don’t show symptoms, an STD test allows Dr. Lopez-Sepulveda to both identify and treat them before complications arise.
A serious complication of certain STDs is infertility. STD testing is especially important for men and women of reproductive age to protect their fertility.
Professional testing gives you the valuable support of Dr. Lopez-Sepulveda, who has a thorough medical knowledge of STDs. At Clinica tu Salud, STD testing is convenient, safe, and quickly performed in the office’s lab. Call or click to book online and take care of your sexual health.