Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) often cause no symptoms yet could significantly affect your future health and fertility. Diana Heard, MD, Olga Vega, PA, and the team at Glendale Obstetrics and Gynecology, PC in Glendale, Arizona, provide STD testing and treatment so you don’t have to suffer the consequences of untreated infections. To find out more about STD treatment or arrange a test, call Glendale Obstetrics and Gynecology, PC, or book an appointment online today.
An STD is a sexually transmitted disease. There are many kinds of STDs, some of which are so common that they affect millions of people yearly. Widespread forms of STDs include:
Some STDs can cause serious health problems and affect your fertility. HPV, for example, is the leading cause of cervical cancer. Without timely treatment, STDs like syphilis and HIV (which causes AIDS) can be fatal.
STDs are treatable, but some are incurable. Glendale Obstetrics and Gynecology, PC offers on-site STD testing, so you can get prompt treatment.
Some STDs cause visible symptoms, like warts or a discharge. However, others don’t cause any problems or trigger brief flu-like symptoms you wouldn’t realize were due to an STD. The only way to be sure if you have an STD or not is to undergo testing at Glendale Obstetrics and Gynecology, PC.
STD testing usually requires a blood or tissue sample or a genital swab. Some STD tests use urine samples. Your Glendale Obstetrics and Gynecology, PC provider will ask you to bring a urine sample if they need one or take a swab using a cotton stick. The on-site phlebotomists can take blood draws.
After the sample has undergone testing, your OB/GYN can advise you what treatment you need if you have an STD.
STDs like gonorrhea, syphilis, trichomoniasis, and chlamydia require a course of antibiotics. With herpes or HIV, you need to take antiviral drugs. To keep HIV from developing into AIDS, you need to stay on drug therapy. If your test results are negative for HPV, your OB/GYN might recommend the HPV vaccine, which is available up to age 45.
You should advise anyone you’ve been intimate with that they need STD testing if you have a positive result. You might also benefit from advice to help prevent STDs. Condoms are the only form of contraception that offers protection from STD transmission, so if you don’t have a regular partner, use condoms in addition to other birth control methods.
Testing for and treating STDs is vital if you’re sexually active. Not only does it prevent the potentially devastating consequences of some STDs, but it protects the people with whom you have sexual relations and your unborn child if you’re pregnant.
To arrange your STD test and get the treatment you need, call Glendale Obstetrics and Gynecology, PC, or book an appointment online today.