STD Testing

STD Testing at UVA

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Routine sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing can protect you from serious risks.

If you have an unknown and untreated STD:

  • You can spread the disease to others
  • You risk suffering permanent damage

At UVA, we urge you to get tested often. Read these STD testing FAQs.

    STD Testing at UVA

    Talking about your sexual history can feel embarrassing. You may want to avoid testing and hope for the best. At UVA, you can count on:

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    STD Testing FAQs

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    Can you have an STD and not know it?

    Yes. Even if you don't have symptoms, you may still have a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia can all live in your body without you knowing it. Syphilis can live in your body silently for decades.

    If you don't have symptoms of an STD, can you still spread it?

    Yes.

    Do STDs cause permanent damage?

    STDs can cause permanent damage to you, depending on the infection and how long you go without treatment, including:

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    Gerald R Donowitz

    Gerald R Donowitz, MD

    Title:
    Professor
    Division:
    Infectious Diseases and International Health
    Primary Location:
    Infectious Diseases Clinic
    Phone:
    434.982.1700
    Richard L Guerrant

    Richard L Guerrant, MD

    Title:
    Professor of Internal Medicine
    Division:
    Infectious Diseases and International Health
    Primary Location:
    Infectious Diseases Clinic
    Phone:
    434.982.1700
    William Petri

    William Petri, MD

    Title:
    Professor
    Division:
    Infectious Diseases and International Health
    Primary Location:
    Infectious Diseases Clinic
    Phone:
    434.982.1700
    Gregory C Townsend

    Gregory C Townsend, MD

    Title:
    Associate Professor
    Division:
    Infectious Diseases and International Health
    Primary Location:
    Ryan White HIV Clinic
    Phone:
    434.982.1700
    Brian Wispelwey

    Brian Wispelwey, MD

    Title:
    William S. Jordan, Jr. Professor of Epidemiology in Medicine
    Division:
    Infectious Diseases and International Health
    Primary Location:
    Ryan White HIV Clinic
    Phone:
    434.982.1700
    Nancy M McLaren

    Nancy M McLaren, MD

    Title:
    Associate Professor
    Division:
    General Pediatrics
    Primary Location:
    Teen & Young Adult Health Center
    Phone:
    434.982.0090
    Dana L Redick

    Dana L Redick, MD

    Title:
    Associate Professor
    Division:
    Midlife Health
    Primary Location:
    UVA Midlife Health and Gynecologic Specialties Northridge
    Phone:
    434.243.4720
    Molly A Hughes

    Molly A Hughes, MD

    Title:
    Professor
    Division:
    Infectious Diseases and International Health
    Primary Location:
    Infectious Diseases Clinic
    Phone:
    434.244.4480