STD & STI Testing in Boynton Beach, FL

Receiving a screening for a sexually transmitted disease, or STD, is an important step for a sexually active person to take in order to protect themselves and their partner. In many cases, those infected with a sexually transmitted disease (or a sexually transmitted infection) may not even know because they do not present any noticeable symptoms. If left untreated, STDs can be spread to others and may even lead to infertility.

When Should You Be Tested for an STD?

Getting tested for each and every type of STD during your annual visit is expensive and not necessary in most cases. Routine screenings for common STDs such as chlamydia and gonorrhea are among the most frequent tests performed, while a screening for HIV is much more comprehensive. Patients should speak with their doctor about their specific risk factors and lifestyle so that they can determine which tests are right for them.

It is recommended that you undergo an STD screening if:

  • You have a new sexual partner. Everyone who is sexually active should receive an STD screening at some point, and this is especially true if you are engaged in sexual relations with a new person.
  • You are having unprotected sex. Not wearing protection increases your risk. Because of this, it is recommended that you receive a screening If you’re having unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex.
  • You are engaging in high-risk behavior. If you or your partner have multiple partners, are an IV drug user or have had contact with a sex worker, it is strongly advised that you receive more frequent STD screenings.
  • You are exhibiting symptoms. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, it is always best to have it examined by your physician to determine the cause.

STD & STI Symptoms

It isn’t always obvious when you have an STD or STI. Symptoms can be minor or even nonexistent in some cases. Visit a gynecologist from Women’s Health Partners if you are experiencing:

  • Painful urination
  • Frequent urination
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Blisters or sores on genitals and/or anus
  • Itchy or irritated genital area
  • Unusual discharge
  • Fever / flu-like symptoms

STD Treatment from Women’s Health Partners

If results determine that you have an STD, the type of issue it is will determine how it is treated. STDs are broken down into three categories:

  • Bacterial STDs. Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are good examples of STDs caused by bacteria. These issues can be treated with antibiotics and should go away after the antibiotic treatment is completed.
  • Parasitic STDs. STDs that are caused by parasites like Trichomonas Vaginalis can be cured using antibiotics, antiparasitic drugs or prescription shampoos.
  • Viral STDs. STDs caused by a virus cannot be cured completely, but they can be managed. The most common types are HPV, genital herpes, hepatitis B and HIV.

Making an Appointment

If you are concerned about any abnormal symptoms, or are simply looking to be proactive about your sexual health, please contact Women’s Health Partners of Boca Raton and Boynton Beach today to schedule a consultation with one of our OBGYN doctors. Our providers will be sure to thoroughly address all of your questions, as well as provide a detailed treatment plan if it is needed. To make an appointment, please call an office nearest you, or submit a request online using our secure form.

Your Safety and Well-being is our Priority

On behalf of all of us at Women’s Health Partners, in these difficult times, we want to thank you for your support and confidence in our practice.

We want you to personally know that our patients’ health and well-being has and always will be our number one priority. This reminder bears repeating in the face of any challenges and especially now, given concerns posed by the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being and that of our staff. To that end, we want to share some of the steps we are taking:

Furthermore, our staff will be asking several screening questions regarding your health. We ask that you do not enter our office if you, or someone in your family, or someone you recently were in contact with, has exhibited flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe muscle aches, shaking chills, or recent loss of taste or smell, or recently diagnosed with COVID19.

In order to help us participate with our social distancing effort, we are asking patients to enter the office without any visitors, including children.

You will also have the option of waiting in your car instead of the waiting room after you have checked in. The front desk staff will call your cell phone when we are ready for you to come in for your visit.

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