Atlanta Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates
Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Atlanta, GA
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there are 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases every year. The team at Atlanta Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates offers STD testing to people in Atlanta, Georgia, minimizing their risk of exposure, reducing their chances of spreading the infection to others, and alleviating their symptoms. If you think you’re experiencing symptoms and need STD testing, book an appointment online or call the location on Peachtree Road or Collier Road today.
STD Testing Q & A
Which sexually transmitted diseases can I be tested for?
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) affect people differently based on their age and gender. As a result, STD tests vary accordingly. Screenings check for these common STDs, among others:
- Herpes or warts
- Hepatitis B
The team at Atlanta Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates screens for STDs during your annual exam, though some require more regular screenings.
For example, you should get tests for HIV every six months, and if you feel as though you’ve been exposed to an STD, it's important to call Atlanta Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates to schedule an appointment.
How do you test for an STD?
There are different tests for each STD, and some procedures can test for more than one. The most common kinds of STD testing include:
- Blood sample (from either a blood draw or a finger prick)
- Urine sample
- Swab of the inside of the mouth
- Swab from the genitals, such as the urethra in men or the cervix in women
- Swab of any discharge or sores
- Anal swab
Your provider lets you know which type of test you'll need.
How are sexually transmitted diseases treated?
With years of experience treating and preventing STDs, Atlanta Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates provides effective and practical treatments tailored to your condition.
Each STD requires its own form of treatment. For instance, a viral STD, like herpes or hepatitis B, requires an individualized medication regimen to combat the virus. Alternatively, for a bacterial STD, like gonorrhea, Atlanta Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates typically prescribes antibiotics.
In special cases, the team might prescribe a topical solution or ointments, especially if you’re pregnant and can’t take antibiotics.
More extreme STDs, like HIV, the virus that can lead to AIDS, don’t have a known cure. Prevention and management are the best treatment options. The team can give you practical advice on avoiding exposure and finding treatment to keep you stable.
It's important to remember that STDs are contagious, so if you’ve tested positive for one, you should speak with your sexual partner and explain that they are at risk, too.
To schedule an STD screening and learn more about ways to protect yourself, call Atlanta Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates or book an appointment online today.
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