STD Testing at Gynecology & Laparoscopy Surgeons, PC
You might be wondering if you need to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The more information you have, the better you can protect your sexual health. If you think you may have been exposed to an STD, getting tested is the best way to maintain both your sexual health and your partner’s.
An STD is transmitted by having unprotected sex with an infected partner. If you believe you are at risk for an STD, it is important that you are promptly tested, because it can affect your overall gynecologic health if left untreated. If you are searching for STD testing services in Raleigh, NC our staff at Gynecology & Laparoscopic Surgeons, PC can provide the testing you need and the confidentiality you desire.
Do I Need STD Testing?
If you’ve had sex with a partner and did not use a condom, female condom, dental dam, or other barrier, you should discuss STD testing with one of our physicians. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to have genital sex to acquire an STD. Sexual contact of the mouth or the rectum can also spread STDs.
Another reason to get tested is if you are experiencing symptoms. Some common symptoms of STDs include sores on the genitals, discharge from the vagina, itching, and burning during urination. Keep in mind that not all infections cause symptoms. In fact, you may not even realize that you or your partner is even infected because many STDs do not have outwardly noticeable symptoms. This is why it is important to have regular exams and to make your sure your gynecologist is aware of any concerns you have.
Common STDs to Test For
Most STDs can be cured if they are diagnosed early and are properly treated. If left undiagnosed and untreated, STDs can cause pelvic infections that result in scar formation in the fallopian tubes. If this occurs, the tubes may become damaged, which can affect your fertility.This is why we suggest you take advantage of our STD testing services at our private offices in Raleigh, NC.
- Genital herpes
- Genital warts or human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Hepatitis B
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
What Conditions Are Considered STDs?
There are many STDs and some have become so well-known that you may be familiar with their names, but not necessarily their symptoms. Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and HIV are probably the most well-known STDs. Genital Herpes and Genital Warts (Human Papillomavirus [HPV]) are two that may exhibit noticeable symptoms. However, Chlamydia and Hepatitis B may thrive without the woman even realizing it until they are in a more advanced stage.
All of these can cause health complications and gynecologic issues that should be identified and treated immediately. We offer confidential STD testing in the privacy of our office located in Raleigh, NC. Contact us today if you are in need of STD testing.