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Learn About STD Testing In Dallas
If you need to get tested for an STD and you live in the Dallas area, you can visit the Dallas
County Health and Human Services department. The office offers testing at the central office,
and testing is also offered at the department’s mobile unit for medical services. Patients are
able to receive testing, exams and treatment. There are also same-day services available.
What Types Of Testing Is Provided?
Patients are able to receive testing for STDs and infections such as:
What Is The Testing Process?
Many patients who have STDs may not have any symptoms at all. The only way a diagnosis
can be confirmed is with a positive test result.
Diseases such as gonorrhea and chlamydia are often asymptomatic. However, if a patient is
experiencing itching, burning or discharge in the genital area, the patient should be tested for
both diseases. Those who are sexually active should be tested at least once a year.
A urine sample will determine whether either bacterium is present in the body. The results are
typically available in a few business days.
Testing for genital or oral herpes is required if a patient has red sores around the mouth,
genital or thigh areas. A blood sample is required to detect the herpes virus in the body. The
symptoms that are common with herpes can also be associated with other medical
conditions. This is why it is important to get tested so you will receive the correct treatment.
A patient who has Hepatitis B or C often complains of having flu-like symptoms. Nausea,
fatigue, jaundice and abdominal pain are very common symptoms. A blood test can provide
results within a few days.
Syphilis and HIV are two of the most complicated STDs to diagnose unless you are tested.
These infections usually present few to any symptoms in the beginning stages. The first signs
of Syphilis may appear as a painless sore that develops at the infection site. This sore often
heals without the need for treatment, and many patients do not even realize they are affected.
As the disease progresses, it can create issues years later and cause the patient to become
blind, paralyzed or suffer from dementia. However, it can be treated with penicillin in the early
stages if detected early.
HIV is similar to Hepatitis in that it manifests in the beginning as the flu. Testing is the only
way to determine if you are infected or not. A blood test can yield results in a few days.
Medication is available to all patients who have positively tested for STDs. Prevention
counseling is also available. The mobile unit travels throughout Dallas County and offers free
testing for certain STDs.
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