Every year, more than 20 million people in the United States are diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease (STD). If left untreated, STDs can lead to other health issues. Triple board-certified physician Naima Cheema, MD, and her professional team at Nexclin Medicine in Roswell, Georgia, offer confidential STD testing and treatment. Call the office today or schedule a visit online.
STD Testing Q & A
What are STDs?
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections contracted through sexual contact that can be caused by a bacteria, virus, or parasite. There are more than 35 different types of STDs. Some of the most common include:
- Chlamydia and gonorrhea
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Genital herpes
STDs affect both men and women, but women tend to suffer more serious health consequences, such as reproductive issues and risk of cancer. Getting tested early may help you get the treatment you need to prevent health complications.
What are common symptoms of STDs?
You may have an STD and not even know it because many don’t cause symptoms. If you suspect you may have contracted an STD, you need to get tested.
However, some STDs do cause symptoms. Common symptoms of STDs include:
- Painful urination
- Abnormal genital discharge
- Foul-smelling genital discharge
- Abdominal or pelvic pain
- Genital warts or sores
- Swollen glands
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you should get tested for STDs. Being as descriptive as possible about your symptoms and sexual history with your specialist at Nexclin Medicine can help you get the right STD test.
What is STD testing?
STD testing is typically a quick and painless process. Your specialist determines the type of STD test you need based on your symptoms and sexual activity. Your testing may include blood work, urine analysis, or a swab test.
Because of the variations in STD tests, the time it takes to get your results back varies. Your specialist provides you a timeframe so you know how long you’ll need to wait to get your results.
How are STDs treated?
Treatment for STDs depends on the type of STD you have. An STD caused by a bacteria or parasite, such as chlamydia or syphilis, can be treated and cleared up with an antibiotic without causing any long-term health effects, especially if it’s caught early. However, viral infections, such as HPV or HIV, don’t have cures and treatment centers around managing your symptoms.
STDs are common, so you shouldn’t feel embarrassed about requesting a test. It’s for your own health and protection. For confidential and nonjudgmental STD testing, call Nexclin Medicine today or schedule a consultation online.