What is STD Testing?
Our board-certified OBGYNs at Essential Women's Health Associates in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV want you to know we provide all types of healthcare for women, including the diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases and infections. For a woman, it is important to stay healthy on the inside and out when it comes to her reproductive and overall health. Not only can your symptoms intensify as time goes on, but an infection can also spread to other parts of your body. We regularly treat women with the human papillomavirus (HPV) virus, which manifests as genital warts and sometimes cervical cancer.
Sexually transmitted diseases can be asymptomatic (undetected) to painful, itchy, and recurrent. Meet with one of our experienced practitioners at Essential Women's Health Associates for a private appointment, which may include a pelvic exam, a culture swab, and a urine screen. Even if you do not have an actual sexually transmitted disease, it is better to have it checked out than to suffer the long-term effects of a scarring infection, limit your fertility, or pass it on to your future baby.
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Who is a candidate for STD testing?
You may be experiencing a sexually transmitted disease in your mouth and throat (from oral sex with an infected person), vulva, around the opening and inside of the vagina, on your cervix, and in your anus and anal canal. Each sexually transmitted disease has its own presenting symptoms, which can be active, recurring, or dormant. Common sexually transmitted diseases are Chlamydia, genital herpes, gonorrhea, Hepatitis B, HIV or AIDS, HPV, and syphilis. Some of your symptoms may include:
- Blisters, lesions, bumps, or warts
- Pain, irritation, and itchiness
- Vaginal discharge with or without a foul smell
- Spreading symptoms
- Painful, burning urination
- Uncomfortable sexual intercourse
- Non-period related bleeding between cycles
- Infection, chills, fever, swelling, and inflammation
Just because you cannot see a visible outbreak or do not feel any pain from a sexually transmitted disease does not mean it is not there. You are still contagious and will only get better with treatment. Sexually transmitted disease symptoms do not heal on their own and will not just simply go away. Come into our office and get tested.
What to expect when treating STDs
Your treatment will be decided upon based on the outcome of your tests. We will not just medicate your symptoms without knowing their cause. Most sexually transmitted diseases can be diagnosed with a culture swab, pelvic exam, urine screen, blood draw, or a combination of all of these diagnostic measures.
Other Considerations for STD testing
If you do test positive for a sexually transmitted disease, your partner(s) will need to be tested and treated as well. If not, then you will put yourself at risk for reinfection. We can also give you more information on how to protect your health in the future.
When you need testing, we can provide you with not only the tests but also to make sure your feminine health is not at risk in the process. Many sexually transmitted diseases are treatable, but when scar tissue forms because of them, then it may impact your fertility and other aspects of your feminine health. We can also share with you new ways to protect yourself in the future from another transmission. Call for STD testing at our Las Vegas or Henderson, NV office.