STD Testing in Garden City NY
Receiving a screening for a sexually transmitted disease, or STD, is an important step for a sexually active person to take in order to protect themselves and their partner. In many cases, those infected with a sexually transmitted disease may not even know because they aren’t showing symptoms. If left untreated, STDs can be spread to others and may even lead to infertility.
The gynecologists at Mesbah OB-GYN provide comprehensive testing for STDs in Garden City, NY. Learn about the types of STDs, common symptoms to look out for, or schedule your appointment with Dr. Mesbah today. We provide comprehensive testing for STD’s for women throughout Nassau County.
What is an STD?
A sexually transmitted disease, or STD, is defined as a disease that’s transmitted through sex. STDs are a relatively common condition among sexually active women, affecting almost half the population in the United States. One of the biggest problems in the spread of these diseases is that people often don’t know they’ve been infected and show no symptoms, yet they can still transmit the disease to others. Also, if you don’t show symptoms right away, the disease may still pose problems down the road if left untreated.
When Should You Get Tested for an STD?
Getting tested for each type of STD during your annual visit is expensive and not necessary in most cases. Patients should speak with Dr. Mesbah about their specific risk factors and lifestyle so that they can determine which tests are right for them.
It is recommended that you undergo an STD screening if:
You have a new sexual partner. Everyone who is sexually active should receive an STD screening at some point, and this is especially true if you are engaged in sexual relations with a new person.
You are having unprotected sex. Not wearing protection increases your risk. Because of this, it is recommended that you receive a screening If you’re having unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex.
You are engaging in high-risk behavior. If you or your partner have multiple partners, are an IV drug user or have had contact with a sex worker, it is strongly advised that you receive more frequent STD screenings.
You are exhibiting symptoms. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, it is always best to have it examined by your physician to determine the cause. Some frequent symptoms of STDs can include:
- Sores on the genitals
- Discharge from the vagina
- Itching of genitals and anal areas
- Burning or pain during urination
- Pain during intercourse
It is important to remember that many infections frequently don’t cause any symptoms. Several women can contract on STD without ever knowing and many people spread infections without ever displaying symptoms. If you’ve had sex with another person and did not use a type of barrier, it is recommended that you talk to Dr. Mesbah about STD testing. Getting tested ensures that you, and your partner, can determine if treatment is needed. If treatment is needed, women in Nassau County can receive the care needed before the condition becomes more serious.
What STD’s can we test for?
All STD Tests are 100% anonymous, private and confidential. Some of the STD’s we can test for include:
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) – a Pap test every three years; for women over 30, an HPV test every five years along with the Pap test
- HIV Aids
- Hepatitis B & C
If results determine that you have an STD, the type of issue it is will determine how it is treated. STDs are broken down into three categories:
Bacterial STDs. Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are good examples of STDs caused by bacteria. These issues can be treated with antibiotics and should go away after the antibiotic treatment is completed.
Parasitic STDs. STDs that are caused by parasites like Trichomonas Vaginalis can be cured using antibiotics, antiparasitic drugs or prescription shampoos.
Viral STDs. STDs caused by a virus cannot be cured completely, but they can be managed. The most common types are HPV, genital herpes, hepatitis B and HIV.
Either Dr. Mesbah or Dr. Wat will review your history and makes recommendations for STD testing based on your risk factors. Getting tested at our office in Garden City regularly allows you to keep tabs on your sexual health and promptly treat any potential problems.