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.