Fast, convenient, and confidential testing
for the most common women's sexual wellness issues
Women's sexual wellness is an important component of female health. Any individual concerned about their vaginal health needs to be aware of possible infections that can lead to serious issues.
Trichomoniasis ("trich"), vaginalis, and fungal infections can cause a variety of health problems, including infertility. and may increase your chances of contracting other life-threatening diseases. If you think you have trich or a fungal infection, or exhibit symptoms of infection, you need to be tested.
Valley Medical and Wellness offers fast and convenient urine testing for trich, vaginalis, and the most common fungal infections. Testing takes just a few minutes and results are available within 1 to 2 business days. We perform all testing at our in-house laboratory and results are completely confidential. And, if you test positive, we offer convenient telemedicine appointments to provide the necessary treatment.
Confidential on-premises testing
We perform all women's sexual wellness testing in our own on-premises laboratory, so results never leave our clinic. If you self-pay, no results get sent to your insurance company and any charges to your credit card show up generically as "Valley Medical and Wellness." All communications are through our secure private messaging portal—no one but you will see your results.
Rapid test results
Because we have our own laboratory, we can provide extremely fast testing and results. You will receive notification of your results within 1 to 2 business days—and if you test positive, it's easy to schedule a convenient telemedicine appointment for treatment.
Frequently asked questions
How long should I wait to get tested?
Different infections have different incubation periods. This means you may need to wait a short period after you think you've been infected for the infection to appear in test results, but then as soon as possible afterward. For best results, you should wait to get tested as follows:
• Trichomoniasis, wait 5 days to get tested
• Fungal infections, get tested as soon as you notice symptoms
Should I get tested even if I don't have any symptoms?
Many women's sexual health issues may not show symptoms or have symptoms similar to other illnesses or diseases. If you think you may have been infected, the only way to be sure is to get tested.
I identify as trans or gender-fluid. Can I get women's STIs and fungal infections?
No matter how you sexually identify, if you have a vagina, you can contract a fungal infection, vaginalis, trich, or any other STI that affects the female reproductive system.
Are fungal infections sexually transmitted?
No. A fungal infection is not a sexually transmitted infection (STI). However, having a fungal infection can increase your chances of contracting an STI and you can lower the risk of contracting a fungal infection by limiting your number of sexual partners and always using a condom during sex.
I have a fungal infection. Does my male partner need to get tested?
The bacteria that cause fungal or yeast infections are only present in the female reproductive system. Males cannot get fungal infections, so they don't need to be tested for that—although males can spread fungal infections from one female partner to another.
I tested positive for trich. Should my partner get tested?
Yes. Trich and other STIs are highly transmissible, so it's possible you either got trich from your partner or your partner could get it from you. You should inform all your recent sexual partners that they may have been exposed to an STI and should be tested immediately, even if they're not exhibiting any obvious symptoms.
I've been treated for a fungal infection or trich. Do I need to get retested?
Yes, but you need to wait for the treatment to take effect and the infection to clear your system. Retesting is advised to ensure that the treatment worked and that you didn't get reinfected from the same or another partner. For example, the CDC recommends that you get retested three months after being treated for trichomoniasis. In all cases, you should consult your healthcare provider if you have an exposure to a new partner or a suspected or known STI-positive individual after treatment, or if systems persist.
Are trich and fungal infections curable?
Both trich and fungal infections are curable, especially if caught early.
What do I have to do before the test?
Since you will be providing a urine sample, you should refrain from urinating for an hour before your appointment. No other preparation is necessary.
What can I expect from the test?
This test requires the submission of a small urine sample. When you enter our clinic, you will be asked for your name and date of birth, to verify your appointment. You will then be handed a collection cup and directed to a private room to provide a sample of your urine. When you're done providing the sample, you can leave. The process is completely private and takes just a few minutes.
Will everyone at the clinic know what I'm being tested for?
No. Our clinics perform many different tests for our patients in addition to STIs, so no one will know what you are being tested for.
Will everyone at the clinic know what I'm being tested for?
No. Our clinics perform many different types of tests for our patients, so no one will know what you are being tested for.
Are my results confidential?
Your results always remain completely confidential and will never be shared with anyone without your express written permission. If you choose to pay out-of-pocket for the test, your insurance will not be notified that you were tested. However, if you choose to use your insurance for a treatment appointment, according to the insurance company's coding rules your appointment may be visible to others who have access to your account information. We store all patient records according to HIPAA and state regulations for the utmost privacy. All results are communicated only to the person being tested via our private and secure messaging system; we'll never leave voicemails or other public messages that others could access.
How long does it take to get results?
If you test at one of our Twin Cities locations, you will receive your test results within one business day. If you test at our Rochester clinic, test results are available within two business days. (Women's sexual wellness testing is not available at our Bemidji location. Some samples may require additional confirmational testing.)
What happens next?
You will be notified of your results via private email or our private messaging system that only you can access. If you test negative, that's good news. If you test positive, you can schedule a convenient telemedicine visit with one of our providers to discuss treatment options and next steps.