STD Testing

Women's Health Care Center, PLLC

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Helena, MT

STD testing doesn’t just test for sexually transmitted diseases, it’s also a great way to reduce or even eliminate the risk of spreading STDs. The dedicated OB/GYNs at Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, in Helena, Montana, know that some STDs don’t present symptoms and can go unnoticed without the right testing and preventive care. The friendly medical professionals offer discreet and convenient testing for many types of STDs. To schedule your visit, call or use the online booking tool today.

STD Testing Q & A

When should I get tested for STDs?

You should get an STD test before you engage in any sexual activity with a new partner. Many STDs don’t present symptoms, so you might not know you’re putting your new partner at risk until you’ve had your STD test.

If you haven’t had a test for a while and you want to evaluate your reproductive health, you can also have an STD test.

What are the symptoms of STDs?

Some STDs don’t cause symptoms. The following are just some of the STDs that can present symptoms.

Genital herpes

Genital herpes results in red raised bumps or sores around the genitals. The sores can be mistaken for an ingrown hair or a pimple.

Bacterial vaginosis 

Bacterial vaginosis is the most prevalent infection in women ages 15 to 44. Bacterial vaginosis can cause white or gray vaginal discharge, burning, pain, and itching in the vagina, burning during urination, and a strong fishy odor.


Chlamydia can lead to infertility if it isn’t properly treated. Chlamydia affects both men and women. Women who have chlamydia might notice a burning sensation during urination or abnormal vaginal discharge. 


HIV doesn’t cause symptoms, but over time it can weaken your immune system and lead to the development of AIDS.

Human papillomavirus (HPV)

Both women and men can be carriers of HPV, a leading cause of cervical cancer. HPV doesn’t cause symptoms, but it does show up as an abnormal Pap smear test result in women.

If you’re concerned about your risks for STDs, you can discuss this with your Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, provider who can also give you helpful information on how to reduce your risk of STDs.

What does an STD test involve?

Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, provides different types of STD testing. With some tests, your provider takes a sample of blood from your arm. Other testing involves taking a tissue sample, either from the vagina or rectum.

Testing is quick and confidential. If you do find out you have an STD, your provider determines the appropriate treatment, such as prescription medications and lifestyle recommendations to resolve your infection and relieve your symptoms.

Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, provides quick, confidential, and convenient STD testing to give you peace of mind or the right treatment when you need it. The goal is always to protect and take care of your reproductive health. Call the office or use the online scheduling system today.