Introducing Dr. Kupkowski and Dr. Merok!

STI Testing

Windy City Health Partners

Family Practice & Osteopaths located in Roscoe Village, Chicago, IL

Dr. Kupkowski and Dr Merok have extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) among patients in Roscoe Village, North Center, Lakeview, and throughout the Chicago, IL, metro region. They offer discreet, compassionate care to help patients get the most effective and most appropriate treatment.

STD Testing Q&A

Do I need to be tested for sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs)?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says everyone who's sexually active should be tested annually for STDs, and those who engage in risky behavior like unprotected sex or who have had sex with more than one person should be tested every three to six months.

How is STD testing performed?

Depending on what you're being tested for, STD testing can include a visual examination of your genitals or other areas where you may have noticed symptoms like sores. Blood and urine are typically tested for the presence of STDs as well. Swabs may be taken from your genitals or from your cervix during a pelvic exam.

What symptoms do STDs cause?

Different types of STDs can cause different symptoms. Some can cause sores or rashes around the genital area, pain or burning during urination, discharge from the penis or vagina, bumps or fleshy growths around the genitals, or discomfort in the genitals or lower abdomen. Some can even cause fever or mild flu-like symptoms. In some cases, symptoms may also affect the mouth or throat if you've performed oral sex with someone who was infected. Still, other STDs may cause no or few symptoms until they progress to more serious stages or you have a flare-up.

Why is STD testing so important?

First, STD testing is important to help you stay healthy. Without treatment, many STDs progress to more serious stages that can cause long-term health effects. And second, because so many STDs cause few or no symptoms in their early stages, it's easy to unknowingly pass a disease to another person. Being screened regularly helps ensure you and your partners stay healthy and free of disease.

Will I be tested automatically during my physical exam?

No, you need to request screening. Based on your lifestyle and behavior, ask the doctor if screening is recommended.

Insurances We Accept

If you have any insurance related questions, please contact our office.

Advocate Health Care
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross of California
Assurant Health
Beech Street
Blue Cross
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL)
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Coventry Health Care
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
Great West Health Care