STD Testing Specialist

Loraine Diego, MD

Gynecologist located in Silverlake, Los Angeles, CA

Some adult responsibilities — like paying bills on time — are widely discussed and culturally accepted. Others — like getting regularly tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) — still have a stigma that prevents many people from doing the right thing for their bodies. Loraine Diego, MD, wants to change that. From her comfortable office in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California, she offers convenient, confidential STD testing so you can stay informed of your status, protect your overall health, and be a considerate, responsible sexual partner. To learn more or to schedule an STD test, call Loraine Diego, MD, or book your appointment online.

STD Testing Q & A

Should I get tested for STDs?

If you’re a sexually active person, you should be getting tested for STDs. Generally, the rule is that you should get tested each time you have unprotected sex or have a new partner. If you’re in a monogamous relationship and know that your partner is also monogamous, you can generally stop testing until something changes.

Determining a responsible STD testing schedule will depend on your lifestyle. Dr. Diego offers guidance. If you have any questions or aren’t sure if you should get tested, don’t hesitate to ask her.

You might think you only need to get tested for an STD if you have symptoms, but most STDs show very few signs, especially early on. What’s more, the symptoms that do appear are often so mild they’re easy to ignore. Getting tested is the only way to know if your body is being impacted by an STD. It’s also the only way to know if you’re passing any diseases on to your sexual partners, even unintentionally.

How does STD testing work?

From the convenience of her office, Dr. Diego offers confidential STD testing for all of the most common STDs, including:

  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Herpes
  • HIV
  • Syphilis
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Hepatitis

There is no one test that can screen you for all of these STDs. Dr. Diego uses a combination of testing techniques — including blood draws, vaginal cultures, urine tests, and physical exams — to thoroughly check you for any STDs that would impact your health or the health of your sexual partner.

What happens if my STD test comes back positive?

If your testing reveals that you are living with an STD, don’t worry. STDs are both extremely common and extremely manageable.

If you’re diagnosed with an STD, Dr. Diego offers counseling and treatments tailored to your specific situation. Depending on the type of STD you have, treatment may eradicate the infection entirely. Some STDs are not curable, although outbreaks and symptoms can be managed and minimized. Dr. Diego creates a treatment plan to address the infection, reduce symptoms, and maintain your quality of life.

Get tested today so you can protect your health and know your status. Call Loraine Diego, MD, to schedule an appointment or use the online booking tool.