STD

STD Specialist
Patients in need of STD testing can find the help they need at Palm Beach Obstetrics & Gynecology. Testing is available at locations in West Palm Beach, FL, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, and Lake Worth, FL area.

STD Q&A

Should I get tested for an STD?

Patients should be tested for an STD if they have symptoms. Some frequent symptoms of STDs can include:

  • Sores on the genitals
  • Discharge from the penis or vagina
  • Itching of genitals and anal areas
  • Burning during urination

It’s important to remember that many infections frequently don’t cause any symptoms. Several individuals contract STIs without ever knowing and many people spread infections without ever displaying symptoms. If you have had sex with another person and did not use a type of barrier, it is recommended that you talk to the doctor about STD testing. Getting tested ensures that you, and your partner, can determine if treatment is needed. If treatment is needed, patients can receive the care needed before the condition becomes more serious.

How do I get tested?

Patients will need to ask the doctor to conduct an STD test. Some individuals may think they will be tested for STDs when they undergo an exam for a different reason, such as a pap test or when a man has a physical. This is not the case; patients need to ask to be tested for STDs. If you are visiting the health care provider for a different reason, and are not sure if you should have an STD test, just ask. The doctor can assist you to decide if you need any tests and which ones are required.

Which STD tests do I need?

There is no single test for used for every type of sexually transmitted disease. Tests are specific to each type of infection and some infections can be found using certain kinds of tests. In most cases, the doctor will first ask questions about:

  • your sexual practices — including how many partners you have had, if you have used condoms or other barrier methods, and what body parts are involved during sex play
  • whether you have symptoms —describe the symptoms occurring and how long they have been occurring
  • whether symptoms occurred in the past
  • whether you have ever been diagnosed with an STD
  • whether you have used over-the-counter drugs to address symptoms
  • whether your partner(s) have any STDs or symptoms
  • any drug allergies
  • your last period to determine if you could be pregnant

It is important to be honest with the doctor. The doctor will help you make important decisions about what tests are needed.

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