STDs are common and often show no symptoms, so getting tested is the only way to know you don’t have one. OB/GYN and pediatrician Dr. Sara O’Heron and her expert team of women’s health specialists offer STD testing at Lifeboat Medical Associates in Peachtree City, Georgia. To learn more about STD testing, call or book an appointment online.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are spread through intimate physical contact and sexual activity. You can get an STD from activities that don’t involve intercourse, such as heavy petting and oral sex.
About 20 million new cases of STD infections happen every year in the United States, making them extremely common. Dozens of diseases are transmitted sexually, but the most common STDs include:
STDs can be dangerous if left untreated, but most are easy to cure with medicines, and getting tested at Lifeboat Medical Associates is quick and easy.
If you’re sexually active, you should get tested for STDs every time you have a new partner. Your partner should get tested, too, even if neither of you have any symptoms.
Using latex condoms and being in a relationship with one sexual partner reduce your risk of getting an STD, but doesn’t prevent it entirely.
The type of STD tests you need and how often you should be screened depends on your age, sexual history, and other risk factors. The best way to find out which tests are right for you is to discuss your concerns with Dr. O’Heron during an exam.
She may discuss factors such as:
Dr. O’Heron understands these topics can be difficult to discuss, so she strives to make it as easy as possible. Keep in mind that she’s there to help you, not to judge you, and being honest helps her create an effective treatment plan.
There’s no single test to cover all STDs. Depending on your situation, STD testing may involve one or more of the following:
If you need an STD test, don’t hesitate to call Lifeboat Medical Associates or book an appointment online.