Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

We provide comprehensive, confidential and judgement-free testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), often referred to as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). If you think you have an STD, it’s important to get tested. The sooner you treat an STD, the quicker you stop any spread, feel better and reduce your risk of serious disease.

STD Symptoms

Sexually transmitted diseases are passed from one person to another through blood, semen or vaginal fluids. Signs and symptoms of STDs may appear a few days or several years after exposure.

Signs and symptoms that could indicate you have an STD, include:

  • Sores or bumps on or near your penis, vagina, mouth or anus
  • Painful, burning or frequent urination
  • Discharge from the penis or unusual/odorous vaginal discharge
  • Pain during sex
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding

When Should I Get an STD Test?

If you have been sexually active and potentially exposed to an STD and/or you have signs and symptoms of an STD, get tested as soon as possible. UnityPoint Health tests and treats the following STDs, including, but not limited to:

  • Chlamydia
  • Genital herpes
  • Genital warts
  • Gonorrhea
  • Hepatitis B and hepatitis C
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis

Where Can I Get an STD Test?

You can get tested for an STD by scheduling an appointment with your primary care clinic or visiting one of our Urgent Care, Express and Express Care sites.

Please note: You cannot be treated for an STD through virtual care. You must be seen in-person.

How Does STD Testing Work?

A provider will ask you about your symptoms and your medical and sexual history. Answering questions honestly will help our team get you the right care. In addition, the provider will do a physical exam and testing. A STD test can include:

  • Urine test
  • Cheek swab
  • Blood test
  • A fluid sample from skin sores
  • A discharge or cell sample from your body

After a positive STD diagnosis, a provider will give you a care plan and ask you to notify your sexual partner(s) to also get tested. Not all STIs require partner notification though. Our team will help guide you in how to notify your sexual partners, if necessary.

How Quickly Will I Get the Results?

This depends on the type of test you receive. Some results are available within a few hours and others may take several days.

STIs are on the Rise

CDC reports show sexually transmitted infection cases continue to rise, especially for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent STI transmission and avoid things like genital warts or cancer.