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STD Testing Specialist

OB-GYN Associates of Marietta

Obstetrics and Gynecologist located in Marietta, GA & Woodstock, GA

Relatively few people make a point to get regularly tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), but around 20 million men and women are diagnosed with an STD each year in the United States. At OB-GYN Associates of Marietta, the experienced practitioners offer compassionate and discreet STD screening services for women who live around their offices in Marietta and Woodstock, Georgia. If you are sexually active and not in a monogamous relationship, call the practice or schedule an appointment online to get checked and be safe.

STD Testing Q & A

What is involved in STD screening?

Sexually transmitted diseases are spread through sexual contact, including oral, anal, and vaginal sex. The tests for these infections may involve blood, urine, and saliva screenings as well as genital swabs to identify whether you have an STD.

STD tests are quick and don’t cause discomfort. You get prompt results so the doctors at OB-GYN Associates of Marietta can offer direct treatment should you need it.

What STDs are most commonly diagnosed?

STD testing is available to identify multiple diseases including:

  • Chlamydia
  • HPV
  • Herpes
  • Syphilis
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Gonorrhea

These are among the most commonly contracted STDs. If you engage in risky sexual behavior, the doctors may recommend getting tested for additional STDs.

Who should have an STD screening?

All people who are sexually active should have occasional STD testing, but if you have unprotected sex or engage in IV drug use, you should get tested frequently. STD screening can catch any infections early so you get the treatment you need to protect your health.

What are the symptoms that warrant STD testing?

Most STDs don’t cause symptoms in their early stages, so screening helps diagnose an infection before it starts causing problems. Many STDs never have noticeable symptoms, but can affect your fertility and long-term health if they go untreated.

If you do have the following symptoms, get tested right away:

  • Pain, itching, or burning in your vaginal region
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Bumps, warts, or lesions on your genitals

These symptoms can happen due to other conditions, but STD testing can rule out some major causes.

How are STDs treated?

Many STDs are easily treated with medications, but HIV and herpes have no cure. The practitioners at OB-GYN Associates of Marietta can offer advice, medication, and lifestyle changes that can help control your quality of life should you have a chronic STD.

If you have questions about STD testing, the doctors at OB-GYN Associates of Marietta can help. Call the office or schedule online to visit one of the offices.