Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) represent a significant health concern, as the incidence of three types of STDs — chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis — rose to an all-time high in 2016. Dr. Dupuy at Orchid OB/GYN provides the full range of STD testing to catch infections at early stages. If you experience any symptoms, or you learn your partner had an STD, call the office in Miramar, Florida, or book a pelvic exam online to receive STD testing.
If you’re at risk for an STD, it’s important to get tested — many STDs don’t cause symptoms at an early stage. Without symptoms, you won’t know you have an STD, which means you won’t get treatment.
An undiagnosed and untreated STD can cause serious health problems. Each type of STD has its complications. As one example, consider some of the health risks associated with untreated syphilis:
STDs are transmittable through vaginal, oral, and anal sex. In other words, anyone who’s sexually active can get it from an infected partner.
Symptoms are often hard to recognize because they may not appear for months or years after you’re infected, or they may come and go.
Each type of STD has its own group of symptoms. The possible symptoms you may experience include:
Just as each type of STD has distinct symptoms, each one also needs a specific test. If your partner has an STD, then tests for that infection are ordered. Otherwise, Dr. Dupuy can narrow down the number of tests based on your symptoms and risk factors.
Dr. Dupuy begins by performing a physical exam to check for warts, sores, rashes, and discharge. Based on your symptoms and exam results, the doctor may order a blood test, urinalysis, or take samples from sores, blisters, or fluids and send them to a lab for evaluation.
If you may have an STD, testing is essential to protect your health, so don’t hesitate to call or book an appointment online.