STD Testing Specialist

Advanced OBGYN Institute

OB-GYNs located in Weston, FL & Pembroke Pines, FL

For any woman who's sexually active, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a concern, as 20 million new STD infections will occur every year in the United States. Protecting herself and her partners starts with knowing whether or not she has an STD. Dr. Kompal Gadh at the Advanced OBGYN Institute offer dignity and discretion when women in Weston and Pembroke Pines, Florida come in for STD testing.

STD Testing Q & A

What is an STD?

STDs are diseases transmitted through sexual contact or the sharing of bodily fluids. While all STDs are transmitted in sexual contact, they can also be transmitted through intravenous drug use, childbirth, and breastfeeding. The most common STDs include:

  • HIV/Aids
  • Herpes
  • Chlamydia
  • Hepatitis
  • Syphilis
  • Gonorrhea

How can a patient tell that she has an STD?

The only certain way to determine if a patient has an STD is with STD testing. Some STDs cause few symptoms, especially in the early stages of the disease. That's why women should get tested for STDs if they've engaged in unprotected oral, vaginal, or anal sex, or have multiple sexual partners.

What does STD testing involve?

Testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea is done through a urine sample. Other STDs are tested with blood samples. Both can be done at the Advanced OBGYN Institute, and Dr. Gadh will perform these tests with the utmost discretion.

What symptoms do STDs cause?

Many STDs cause no symptoms, but some of the symptoms patients experience may include:

  • Burning or itching of the genitals
  • Discharge
  • Dark or smelly urine
  • Burning sensation during urination
  • Unusual odors
  • Blisters, bumps, or warts on the genitals
  • White spots on the pubic hair

 

These symptoms can also indicate other problems, like vaginal infections. This is why getting a thorough exam from the Advanced OBGYN Institute team is so important.

How often should a patient get tested for STDs?

Anyone who is sexually active should have annual testing for most STDs. However, women who are in a committed relationship with just one partner, and who trust that their partner is faithful, may choose to forgo this testing. Those who are engaged in sex with multiple partners should have testing more frequently. The team at the Advanced OBGYN Institute will inform their patients so they know what testing frequency is best for their lifestyle.

Why is STD testing so important?

Nearly 20 million people have new STD infections every year. Without symptoms, many people don't know they have an STD, and so they unknowingly pass the infection onto others. Testing helps protect the health of your sexual partners, increases your safety and gives you peace of mind. For more information about STD testing, contact the Advanced OBGYN Institute.

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At Advanced OB / GYN Institute, we accept most major insurance plans. Please contact our office if you do not see your provider listed.

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