STD Testing Specialist

Henry Kaw, M.D.: The Retreat Medical Spa

Henry Kaw, M.D.

Family Medicine and Medical Spa Serving Fullerton CA, surrounding Orange County and Los Angeles

Nearly 2.3 million cases of STD/STIs are reported to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention annually. If you suspect you have chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, or another STD, you can rely on The Retreat Medical Spa: Henry Kaw, MD, in Fullerton, California, for quick clinical examination and testing with appropriate effective treatment and counseling. Most STDs are curable. Call today, or book a consultation online with Dr. Kaw. The Retreat Medical Spa: Henry Kaw, MD, is proud to serve the communities of Orange County and the greater Los Angeles area.

STD Testing Q & A

What is a sexually transmitted disease (STD)?

STDs are infections spread mostly via sexual contact. STDs affect all walks of life and are second only to the cold as the most common contagious infection in the US. 

Untreated STDs can cause severe health conditions. Most STDs are curable, but some, such as HIV and herpes are not. 

Medical experts suggest testing for STDs at least once a year and more often if you change partners or engage in certain behaviors. The Retreat Medical Spa: Henry Kaw, MD, offers the convenience of onsite STD testing to safeguard your health.

What STD/STIs do I need to know about?

STDs come in many forms and can be viral, bacterial or parasite. The most common types include:

  • Chlamydia 
  • Gonorrhea 
  • Syphilis 
  • Herpes
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection 
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection 
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Hepatitis B 

STDs are typically spread by oral, vaginal, or anal intercourse.

How do I get tested for STDs?

After a thorough medical history and clinical examination, Dr. Kaw explains the type of test you need. Typically, he recommends testing for several common STDs at the same time. You have a blood, urine, or swab test, depending on the type of STD for which you’re being tested.

Here are examples of how a variety of STD tests are performed:

  • Chlamydia: requires a urine sample or genital swab 
  • Syphilis: requires a sample of a sore or blood test
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV): requires a blood test
  • Gonorrhea: requires a urine sample or genital swab 
  • HIV: requires a blood test or swab inside your mouth
  • Genital herpes: requires a blood test or swab of a sore

Once your test results come back, Dr. Kaw discusses the appropriate course of treatment to cure your STD or to manage your symptoms to safeguard your health and wellbeing.

How are STDs treated?

Your treatment at The Retreat Medical Spa: Henry Kaw, MD, depends on the type of STD. Dr. Kaw typically prescribes antibiotics for chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea. 

He may recommend preventive care, such as the HPV vaccine, GARDASIL®9. Gardasil is available for teenagers and adults up to age 45.

If you suspect you have an STD/STI, or it’s been a while since you’ve been tested, visit The Retreat Medical Spa: Henry Kaw, MD, for convenient appropriate onsite testing and treatment. Call today, or book a consultation online.