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STD Screening

Despite awareness efforts, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are on the rise in the United States, with 20 million new cases reported each year. Fortunately, there’s a lot that you can do to protect yourself, especially through proper STD screening. At Suburban Women’s Specialists, Dr. Anthony and Dr. Chua offer comprehensive and discreet STD testing to women in Johns Creek, Georgia, giving them peace of mind. To get started on your STD screening, call the office or request an appointment using the online form.

STD Screening Q&A

What are the Most Common STDs?

There are many different diseases and infections that can be transmitted sexually, including the human papillomavirus (HPV), which affects many sexually active people in the US and typically resolves itself on its own. But even this fairly benign condition can lead to far more serious issues, including cervical cancer if it isn’t properly monitored.

Outside of HPV, the more common STDs, include:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis

Each of these diseases reached record numbers as recently as 2016, but more importantly, each of these diseases is easily treatable in the early stages.

Other less common STDs include:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Herpes

Given the number of concerns in the world of STDs, it’s always best to get yourself screened at Suburban Women’s Specialists, so you can stay one step ahead of your health.

What STDs Should I Be Screened For?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following screening schedule:

  • Testing for HIV at least once for anyone ages 13-64
  • Annual chlamydia and gonorrhea screening for sexually active women under 25
  • Syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis B screening for pregnant women

The bottom line is that everyone is different, and the best way to determine an appropriate STD screening schedule is to sit down with one of the doctors at Suburban Women’s Specialists and have an open and frank conversation about your risk factors. The compassionate doctors offer judgment-free counseling, always keeping your long-term health as the primary goal.

What are the Treatments for STDs?

It’s hard to underestimate the importance of screening and early detection when it comes to STDs. The doctors at Suburban Women’s Specialists are usually able to easily treat most STDs with simple antibiotics, but if they go untreated, you put yourself at risk for more serious complications down the road. For example, untreated chlamydia and gonorrhea can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, which can cause infertility and chronic pain.

As well, more serious STDs, such as HIV/AIDS, require immediate intervention to stave off potentially serious complications.

If you want to find out more about STD screening and what schedule is right for you, call Suburban Women’s Specialists or request an appointment by filling out the online form.