More than 9 million American women are diagnosed with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) each year. Comprehensive Women's OB/GYN provides STD testing and treatment at convenient locations in Duluth and Dunwoody, Georgia. Most STDs are curable with a course of antibiotics. However, certain STDs may cause cancer. Safeguard your sexual health by calling the office nearest you today for an STD test, or you can request your appointment online.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are generally spread through sexual contact. STDs are also called sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Many STDs have few or no symptoms. You or your partner may not realize you’re infected until your STD is more advanced, which is why regular testing at Comprehensive Women's OB/GYN is essential. Understanding, coping with, and preventing infections from STDs are important practices when you’re sexually active.
An untreated STD may lead to a variety of health problems, some serious. STDs may affect:
Certain types of STDs may lead to cervical cancer or make you more susceptible to getting HIV if you come into contact with the virus.
Routine STD tests at Comprehensive Women's OB/GYN detect STDs even if you don't have symptoms. Testing helps you to stay on top of your health and allows you to prevent the spread of STDs to your partners.
Your Comprehensive Women's OB/GYN provider recommends the appropriate panel of STD tests based on your sexual history and health guidelines. They encourage you to ask questions about STD testing.
Expect testing for or one or more of the following STDs:
Your provider also may recommend testing for additional STDs beyond the ones listed here.
STDs are diagnosed through blood tests or urine samples, or by culturing a questionable lesion. Testing for HPV typically occurs at the same time as your Pap smear. Rely on your Comprehensive Women's OB/GYN provider to recommend the test that’s appropriate for you.
Depending on your test results, counseling and treatment are available. If you have an STD, your provider recommends the appropriate treatment. Antibiotics are used to treat many STDs, including syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea.
Just like getting a flu shot, immunizations protect you from some strains of STDs. Your Comprehensive Women's OB/GYN provider often suggests getting the HPV vaccine, GARDASIL®9, which is available for teens and adults up to age 45. They also typically recommend being immunized against hepatitis B, another type of STD.
If you’re sexually active, don’t gamble with your health. Call Comprehensive Women's OB/GYN today for STD testing and treatment or book your appointment online.