STD testing usually involves having blood tests to look for pathogens associated with sexually-transmitted diseases. Sometimes, a urine test may also be performed, or, a vaginal swab is also used to obtain a specimen.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends sexually active people have STD testing performed every year, and those who engage in risky behavior like having more than one sex partner or having unprotected sex should be tested every three to six months. Many STDs cause few or no symptoms in their early stages, which means the diseases can be passed from one person to another. Having regular STD testing is the best way to stay healthy and to protect other people from becoming infected. Because some STDs can cause medical issues during pregnancy or delivery, STD testing is very important for women who are pregnant and for women who are planning to become pregnant. If an STD is present during pregnancy, steps can be taken to ensure the baby remains healthy throughout pregnancy and delivery.
That depends on the type of STD and how far it’s progressed. Some common symptoms include:
Many STDs can be successfully treated with antibiotics, anti-fungal medications or other medications. Some STDs like herpes, genital warts, and HIV cannot be cured but symptoms can be managed with routine care. A treatment plan will be devised following an examination and lab testing to identify the STD that's present.
Dr. Abha S. Gupta M.D., F.A.C.O.G. accepts most major insurances! Take a look at our list of the major insurances we accept and feel free to call us if you have any questions.