STD Testing Specialist

Commonwealth Medical Center

Primary Care Practice & Urgent Care located in Arlington, VA

If you’ve recently had unprotected sex or you have any other reason to believe you may have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease (STD), book an appointment at Commonwealth Medical Center for testing. The team at Commonwealth Medical Center, located in Arlington, Virginia, will treat you with kindness, respect, and dignity, and can have results to you within 24 hours. Sexual health can be an awkward subject to discuss, but it’s an important one. Don’t wait to get tested; book an appointment online or over the phone today.

STD Testing Q&A

Commonwealth Medical Center

What are STDs?

The term STDs, also known as STIs, refers to any and all sexually transmitted diseases and infections. Some of the most well-known STDs include:

  • Genital herpes
  • HPV
  • Genital warts
  • HIV
  • Syphilis
  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia
  • Trichomoniasis


Partners can pass STDs to one another through vaginal intercourse, oral intercourse, anal intercourse, or sometimes, skin-to-skin contact.

Trichomoniasis, caused by a parasite, can reach you via a toilet seat or a damp object to which it is clinging, such as a towel. You can also pick up an STD by sharing needles with an infected person or by another form of blood-to-blood contact.

What are the most common STD symptoms?

While every STD is different, if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may have an STD:

  • Painful urination
  • Pain during sex
  • Vaginal or penile discharge
  • Vaginal burning or itching
  • Itching inside the penis
  • Vaginal odor


Other STDs may produce warts, sores, rashes, and similar irritations. It’s important to note that many STDs display no symptoms, but are still present. That’s why you need to get tested anytime you have unprotected sex or expose yourself to another person’s bodily fluids (blood, semen, etc.).

Should I receive STD testing?

You may be at risk for an STD and should undergo STD testing if you:

  • Have multiple sex partners
  • Have a sex partner with multiple sex partners
  • Don’t use condoms during sex
  • Engage in unprotected sex
  • Inject intravenous drugs with shared needles
  • Have been exposed to the blood, semen, saliva, or vaginal secretions of someone with an STD


Doctors also recommend you receive certain STD screenings if you are:

  • A sexually active woman under the age of 25
  • A woman over the age of 21
  • A baby boomer (born between 1945 and 1965)
  • Pregnant
  • A man with a same-sex partner
  • With a new sex partner
  • HIV-positive

How long does STD testing take?

To test you for STDs, doctors generally take a sample of blood, urine, discharge, or fluid from genital sores. The team at Commonwealth Medical Center uses a special testing machine with a fast turnaround time. Using this machine, they can learn the results of your test within 24 hours.

Even if you don’t have any symptoms, it’s important to get STD testing. If you believe you’ve been exposed or you fall into any of the eligible categories, book an appointment with Commonwealth Medical Center today or walk into their urgent care. You can schedule an appointment over the phone or via the convenient online booking tool.