Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) aren’t easy to talk about, but without testing and treatment, they can have a permanent impact on your long-term health. At Antheia Gynecology, with offices in East Windsor and Freehold, New Jersey, the female-led team provides comprehensive STD testing as part of their full array of women’s health care services. Call today to set up an appointment or book online.
Sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, are spread through sexual contact, including vaginal, oral, and anal intercourse or contact. Anyone sexually active is at risk.
There are over 20 known STDs. The most common STDs in the United States include:
Many of these STDs have no outward symptoms, but you can still transmit the disease to others. Plus, you can suffer complications even if you don’t exhibit the disease.
If you do have symptoms of an STD, they may include:
If you notice any changes in the way your genitals look or feel, visit Antheia Gynecology right away for an exam, and STD testing.
The Antheia Gynecology OB/GYNs know that talking about and undergoing STD testing can be uncomfortable or embarrassing. The team works hard to help you feel relaxed and confident during your STD testing. They provide all the counseling necessary beforehand.
You provide a urine sample and a pelvic exam, during which the doctors examine your genitals for signs of infection. They swab your vagina and any visible sores.
Depending on your symptoms, you may also need a mouth swab or blood test to rule out all possible STD infections.
Once they collect the samples, the team sends them to a lab for testing. You are notified of your results as soon as they’re available.
If you test positive for an STD, your doctor provides appropriate treatment. It’s normal to feel distressed, but know that STDs are incredibly common. Even people who practice safe sex can contract an STD.
Many STDs clear up relatively quickly with antibiotics or special creams. Some STDs do not have a cure but are controllable with prescription medication.
Antheia Gynecology also provides vaccines for certain STDs, namely HPV. Any woman from ages 9-45 can get the vaccine, but it’s most effective when girls get it between ages 11 and 12, so they’re protected for life.
Call Antheia Gynecology for comprehensive STD counseling, testing, and treatment. Alternatively, book an appointment online today.