STD and HIV Screening

STD and HIV Screening in Vienna, Fairfax, or Tysons Corner

By getting screened regularly for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) if you are sexually active, you can detect any potential issues early on.

Detection allows you to seek treatment and protect your health.

When Should I Have STI and HIV Screenings?

The frequency at which your screenings are recommended depends on your individual risk factors. It’s generally recommended that you get screened for STIs including HIV at least once a year if you are sexually active.

However, if you have a new sex partner, multiple partners, and / or engage in unprotected sex (even if it is with the same partner consistently), you may need to be screened more frequently.

Additionally, if you develop any symptoms of an STI, such as unusual discharge, sores or bumps, and / or genital itching, you should get screened as soon as possible.

 How Do I Prepare?

There isn’t really much to do beforehand. You may be asked to avoid urinating for at least an hour before the appointment and to avoid all sexual activity for 24 hours or more before your visit.

 What Should I Expect During the Appointment?

During your appointment, your provider will ask questions about your sexual history. You should let them know about any symptoms you have.

A physical examination will likely be performed. Depending on the type of screening, they may order labs such as a blood or urine test.

 Am I a Good Candidate for STI and HIV Screenings?

Yes, if you are sexually active! Even if you’re in a monogamous relationship and practice safe sex, there is still a risk of contracting an STI or HIV. Additionally, if you’re planning to start a new sexual relationship or have recently ended a relationship, it’s a good idea to get screened.

 Where Is the Best Place to Get Tested for STDs Including HIV in Fairfax, Vienna, and Tysons Corner?

Turn to the discreet professionals at Virginia Family Medicine, where we offer a range of comprehensive services for your reproductive health.

Contact us today at 703-383-4836 to put your health first!