A Plus Medical
Internal Medicine Physicians located in Takoma Park, MD
While sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) aren’t easy to talk about, getting screened for them is important to protect your long-term health. At A Plus Medical in Takoma Park, Maryland, internal medicine specialists Eric Aigbedion, MD, and Bunmi Adewunmi, CNRP, provide their patients in the greater Maryland area with discrete, in-house testing and treatment — if necessary — for common STDs, including chlamydia and human papillomavirus (HPV). If you’re sexually active, don’t delay. Schedule your STD testing appointment online or by calling the office today.
STD Testing Q & A
What are sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?
STDs are spread through all types of sexual contact, not just vaginal intercourse. Anal intercourse, oral intercourse, and other forms of sexual contact can also put you at risk.
Although there are more than 20 known STDs, the most common types in the United States include:
- Genital herpes
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
If you’re sexually active, you could develop or contract an STD. You’re at greater risk if you have multiple partners or your partner has multiple partners. Sharing needles during IV drug use also puts you at risk. Even if you practice safe sex, you can contract an STD, which is why testing is so important.
What symptoms suggest I have an STD?
Many STDs don’t have outward symptoms until the disease has created serious complications. Even if you don’t know you have an STD, you can spread it to a sexual partner.
When symptoms do show up, they include:
- Genital or anal itching
- Pain during urination
- Painful intercourse
- Bleeding between periods
- An off-smelling vaginal odor
- Unusual vaginal discharge
- Sores or warts around the genitals
If you notice something seems “off” in the way your genitals look or feel, contact A Plus Medical right away for an STD test.
What happens during STD testing?
The compassionate team makes every effort to help you feel relaxed and confident during your STD testing. The practice features an in-house lab, so your blood and urine samples are reviewed on-site — no need to visit a separate facility to have your blood drawn. The doctor also takes a swab of your vagina or penis and examines any visible sores.
Some men and women also need a mouth swab to rule out all possible STD infections. Blood and saliva samples are sent to the in-house lab for testing, and you’re notified of the results as soon as they’re available. Any labs not covered by insurance are the patient’s responsibility.
How are STDs treated?
If you do test positive for an STD, treatment depends on your diagnosis. Many STDs clear up relatively quickly with antibiotics or special creams, as well as short-term abstinence, to avoid spreading an active infection. Some STDs, such as genital herpes, are not curable but can be controlled with prescription medication and safe sexual habits. The practitioners compassionately answer all of your STD questions and help you understand your diagnosis.
If left untreated, some STDs can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease or infertility, as well as other serious complications.
If you’re in need of STD testing, call A Plus Medical or schedule an appointment online today.
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