More than 2.4 million cases of STDs are diagnosed each year. While most STDs are treatable, in many cases, an STD screening is the only way to identify the disease. At Women's Preventive Healthcare in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Sumeeta Nanda, MD, FACOG, and Hoda Maarouf, MD, FACOG, provide discreet and accurate STD screenings as well as personalized treatments to restore and protect your health. If you're concerned you may have an STD or just want to be screened, call the practice or make an appointment online today.
STDs are infections that spread through oral, vaginal, or anal sexual contact. There are many different types of STDs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, and HIV/AIDS.
Some of the common symptoms of STDs include:
However, many STDs don't cause symptoms in their early stages. Some diseases remain dormant in your system for months or even years. Having an STD test not only ensures that you get the treatment you need but also prevents the spread of STDs.
Untreated STDs are a common cause of infertility and other potentially dangerous complications. If you have any concerns about STDs or your sexual health, make an appointment with the Women's Preventive Healthcare team.
The answer to this question is different for everyone, based on your risk factors. For example, if you have multiple partners or don't use a barrier method of birth control, you might need frequent STD screenings.
However, even if you're in a monogamous relationship, it doesn't hurt to have an occasional screening. Talk to your health care provider about your sexual history and habits and evaluate your risk. The team offers personalized advice on STD screenings.
There are several types of STD tests. Some are as simple as providing a urine sample. Other tests require a blood draw, cheek swab, or genital swab.
Your women's health care provider can give you more information based on your individual needs and answer your questions about how to prepare and what to expect.
Many STDs are highly treatable. Your provider at Women's Preventive Healthcare can prescribe an antibiotic or another medicine to fight the infection and disease.
However, some STDs, such as herpes and HIV/AIDS, don't have a cure. In these cases, your provider works with you to implement lifestyle changes to protect your health. They can also prescribe medication to address your specific needs.
Call Women's Preventive Healthcare today or schedule a consultation online for expert STD screenings and personalized treatment.