Every year, more than 20 million people in the United States find out they have a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Although many people have noticeable symptoms, it’s possible to carry an STD — and pass it along — without showing any signs of infection. The obstetrics and gynecology team at Midatlantic OBGYN, with locations in Centreville and Leesburg, Virginia, offers comprehensive STD testing and treatment to ensure your health. Call the nearest location or book online to schedule your screening today.
Sexually transmitted diseases are spread through sexual contact. Traditional intercourse, oral sex, and anal sex are all types of sexual contact that can spread diseases.
Some of the most common STDs that the team at Midatlantic OBGYN tests for include:
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
If you’re sexually active and not in a mutually monogamous relationship, testing is important, because many of these STDs don’t present with outward symptoms.
Women with an STD may have:
Because many STDs cause no outright symptoms, you should get tested if you’re sexually active. You should get tested right away if you have any symptoms at all or changes in the way your genitals look or feel.
STD testing is not a standard part of your well-woman exam, so you must request it. This can feel awkward or embarrassing, but know that the team at Midatlantic OBGYN is compassionate and discrete when conducting any STD screenings.
Testing may involve a urine screening, blood test, or mouth swab. The doctors may have you undergo a pelvic exam during which they look for signs of infection and take swabs of your vaginal fluid and any visible sores.
The team sends samples to a lab, and you’re notified as soon as the results are available.
You can contract an STD even if you practice safe sex. As many as 20 million new cases of STDs are diagnosed each year.
In many cases, a course of antibiotics clears up your STD. In other instances, you may need to use a topical cream for a prescribed period of time.
For some STDs, no cure is available, but you can control symptoms with prescription medication.
If you’re in need of STD testing due to symptoms or your sexual history, call one of the offices or book online with Midatlantic OBGYN today.