It can be frightening to think about having a sexually transmitted disease (STD), but they’re incredibly common, and Marsha E. Gorens, MD, can answer your questions and help with treatment. The STD testing process is smooth and easy and usually takes only a few minutes in the Near West Side, Chicago, office. STDs don’t get better without treatment, so don’t wait to find out if you’re infected. Call the office to book an appointment.
Sexually transmitted disease or STD testing can check for any kind of infection using blood, urine, swab tests, or tissue samples. Most STDs are bacterial, viral, or parasitic infections, and the most commonly tested for STDs include:
Depending on your specific symptoms, your provider can also test for other less common STDs, including chancroid, molluscum contagiosum, and granuloma inguinale.
The team recommends a testing schedule appropriate for your situation. In general, you need STD testing if you have symptoms such as:
If you have sex with anyone who’s tested positive for an STD, or who has active symptoms of an STD, schedule a test as soon as possible.
The following guidelines also exist for STD testing, regardless of sexual habits:
Don’t be afraid to discuss your sex life and personal habits with your non-judgemental and caring OB/GYN. This information can help them to personalize your STD testing.
Your provider explains the results and what they mean for you. Generally, a positive test means that you have an active infection requiring treatment.
The specific STD treatment varies with the disease but often includes antibiotics, antivirals, or other types of oral or topical medication. Your provider may also provide counseling on safe-sex practices and how to protect yourself from STDs in the future or decrease the risk of infecting your partner.
An abnormal Pap smear, which often means you have HPV, is a bit different because it may not require immediate treatment. But, your provider may recommend more frequent monitoring so they can remove the HPV cells if they’re likely to become cervical cancer.
Marsha E. Gorens, MD, makes it easy to get your STD testing and treatment in a confidential and supportive environment. Call the office to arrange your STD testing.