At Peachtree Gynecology, we offer comprehensive STD testing and counseling at your request.
Many insurance companies include STD testing during your gyn exam, but we suggest you call your insurance carrier prior to your appointment to verify coverage.
STDs are infections and diseases that are passed from person to person through oral, vaginal, or anal sex.
The US has the highest rate of STDs in the developed world. In the US, over 19 million new infections occur each year. Teenage girls and young women need to be particularly aware of STDs, it is estimated that 1 in 4 teenage girls (aged 14-19) have an STD. In addition, women suffer more frequent and more serious complications from STDs than men.
Many STDS have no symptoms, but can still be passed from person to person. Many people who have an STD don’t even know it, they may look healthy, but still could have an STD. The only way to know your status for sure is to have regular STD screenings.
STDs can cause serious health problems if left untreated, including cervical cancer, liver disease, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), infertility, and pregnancy problems. Having some STDs (such as chancroid, herpes, syphilis, and trichomoniasis) can increase the risk of you getting HIV if you are HIV-negative and get exposed to HIV. People with HIV may also be at greater risk to get or pass on other STDs. Fortunately, many STDs can be prevented by practicing safer sex. And most STDs can be successfully treated.
STD Testing is recommended if:
- You have had sexual contact with someone who may have an STD
- You have ever had vaginal, anal, or oral sex without a condom
- You have symptoms like genital sores, discharge, or burning when you urinate
- You are pregnant
- You should get regular STD tests if you are sexually active, especially if you have sex with more than one partner. Many STDs don’t have symptoms.
Patient Education – click on the links below for important patient education & information:
- Common STDs
BV is a condition caused by an imbalance of the bacteria that normally live in the vagina. Symptoms may include vaginal discharge, foul odor, pain, itching, or burning, but many women have no symptoms. BV can be treated with antibiotics…
Genital Herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the herpes simplex viruses type 1(HSV-1) or type 2 (HSV-2). Most genital herpes is caused by HSV-2…