STD Testing Q & A
What are STDs?
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:
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Genital warts
- Hepatitis B
- HIV and AIDS
- Pubic lice
STDs can be dangerous if left untreated, but most are easy to cure with medicines, and getting tested by our OBGYN at Lifeboat Medical Associates in Peachtree City is quick and easy.
Who should get tested for STDs?
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.
How do I know which STDs to get tested for?
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:
- Any symptoms you’re experiencing
- Whether you or your partner have ever had an STD
- How often you use protection
- The number of sexual partners you’ve had
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.
What should I expect during an STD test?
There’s no single test to cover all STDs. Depending on your situation, STD testing may involve one or more of the following:
- Urine test
- Blood test
- Cheek swab
- Physical or pelvic exam
- Using a swab to collect cells from your vagina or cervix
If you need an STD test, don’t hesitate to call Lifeboat Medical Associates or book an appointment online.