Everyone who is sexually active is at risk for a sexually transmitted disease (STD). The problem with STDs is that you may not experience symptoms for weeks, if ever, and your symptoms may be easy to miss. STD testing at Dunwoody OB/GYN, LLC, in Dunwoody, Georgia, is the only way to know if you have an STD. The team offers comprehensive treatment options before complications develop. If you have questions about STD testing or need to schedule an appointment, call or use the online booking feature.
Many patients don’t realize that sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) that were common many years ago remain a threat today. Cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are steadily rising in recent years.
The following are the most common STDs.
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection. In most cases, your immune system successfully fights off an HPV infection. But if the virus takes hold, it can cause cervical cancer, penile cancer, anal cancer, and genital warts.
There are several important reasons to schedule STD testing. The first is to protect your health; the second is to prevent diseases from being passed to a partner. However, there’s another critical reason: STDs don’t always cause symptoms in the early stages of the disease.
Without symptoms to clue you in, you won’t know you have an STD unless you have tested. You need to know you have an STD so you can have it treated. Untreated STDs can cause serious health problems, including pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility. Additionally, you can pass some STDs to your baby during delivery.
STD symptoms may not appear for weeks or months. They may mimic symptoms of other health problems, or be so small and painless you won’t notice them.
The following symptoms don’t appear for every STD, but they’re the most common symptoms caused by STDs as a group.
Flu-like symptoms include fever, body aches, swollen glands, and feeling fatigued.
All sexually active women under the age of 25 and older women at high risk should have a test for chlamydia and gonorrhea during their yearly well-woman exam at Dunwoody OB/GYN, LLC.
Your risk is high if you have multiple partners, a new partner, or a history of STDs. All women should also have an HIV test and a Pap smear for cervical cancer caused by HPV.
The best way to determine which STD tests you need is to talk with your Dunwoody OB/GYN, LLC, doctor. They evaluate your risks and review your history to make the recommendations that are best for your health.
If you show any symptoms of an STD, you should schedule an appointment right away at Dunwoody OB/GYN, LLC, for discreet and compassionate testing.
If your results are positive, your doctor can prescribe an antibiotic to clear the infection or antiviral drugs for non-bacterial STDs. They can also provide STD counseling on how to prevent an infection in the future.
If you have questions about STD testing, call Dunwoody OB/GYN, LLC, or schedule an appointment online.