STD Testing in Shawnee Mission, KS
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 highly trained OBGYNs at Women’s Care Obstetrics & Gynecology have extensive experience diagnosing and treating STDs. Please call (913) 384-4990 or request an appointment online to schedule a visit at our OBGYN office in Shawnee Mission or Overland Park today!
When to Get Tested for an STD
Getting tested for each type of STD during your annual visit to Women’s Care OBGYN is not necessary in most cases since certain diseases are much more common and easy to test for than others. Patients should speak with their OBGYN 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 sex of any kind.
You are engaging in high-risk behaviors. If you or your partner are engaged in any sort of high-risk sexual activities 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.
Abnormal Symptoms to Watch For
It isn’t always obvious when you have an STD. Symptoms can be minor or even nonexistent in some cases. Visit your gynecologist if you are experiencing:
- Painful urination
- Frequent urination
- Pain during intercourse
- Blisters or sores on genitals and/or anus
- Itchy or irritated genital area
- Unusual discharge
- A fever or other flu-like symptoms
STD Treatment in Shawnee Mission, KS
If results determine that you have an STD, the specific type of the disease 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.
Schedule Your STD Screening in Overland Park Today!
The gynecologists at Womens Care OBGYN are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to women and have extensive experience diagnosing and treating STDs. To schedule a consultation at our OBGYN office in Overland Park or Shawnee Mission, KS, please call (913) 384-4990 or request an appointment online.