Ask Collage – What STDs Do You Test For and Do You Provide Treatment?
Hi! I’m Kenda High. I’m the Center Director here in Kearney. I’m also a registered nurse. Questions we often get here at the clinic are, “I’m wondering if I have an STD. Can I come in to be tested and what do you test for? How do you test for that? If it is a positive result, can I get treatment there?” So, I’m going to start at the beginning. We test for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. Those are the two most common bacterial STDs here in the United States that are reported. We test by urine testing. We work with the state of Nebraska and so we collect the specimen and send it to a reputable lab in Omaha. And then in about a week, we get the results on a secure website. Then we meet with you again to give you those results. If you would happen to be positive, we can provide that treatment right here at our center. All of our services are complimentary and confidential and that just means that there is no cost to you. If you test positive for Chlamydia, we treat with an oral antibiotic called Azithromycin. We would keep you for about 20 minutes, just to make sure that you don’t have any kind of a reaction to that medicine. And if you test positive for Gonorrhea, it would be that same oral antibiotic, Azithromycin, by mouth and then also an antibiotic called Rocephin. Rocephin is administered by an IM injection or a shot, and there again we would keep you about 20 minutes, just to make sure there’s not an adverse reaction. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call and we’d be more than happy to help. Thanks!