Although awkward to address, STDs affect more people than most people realize. STDs are common, and if diagnosed early enough, can be medically treated. However, many people do not seek treatment because they have no symptoms and thus do not even know they have become infected. Other people have symptoms but do not go to the doctor because they are too embarrassed or don’t realize their symptoms are a warning sign of a serious infection. At All Female Health Care, offer a wide variety of women’s health care services, including STD testing.
STD Testing in Sunrise
Before we begin discussing the early signs of STDs, let’s discuss what an STD is.
Sexually transmitted diseases, often shortened to STDs, are infections that are spread between people through sexual contact or intercourse. STDs are caused by bacteria, parasites, and viruses. To be sure you positively have an STD, you’ll need to be tested by a medical professional. Fortunately for those in Sunrise and surrounding cities, All Female Health Care has medical professionals who will be happy to walk you through the testing process and discreetly inform you of your results. If you’re a sexually active woman, then it may be in your best interest to be tested for STDs regularly, even if you’re not displaying symptoms. All Female Health Care tests for numerous STDs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and more.
Chlamydia is an STD that is commonly found in sexually active women. All Female Health Care recommends all sexually active women to be tested annually for chlamydia. However, if you begin to experience symptoms such as unusual discharge from the vagina or anus, or if you are bleeding between periods, you should seek a medical professional to get tested. If you have had anal or oral sex, then inform your doctor so that they can test for chlamydia in those areas as well.
All Female Health Care also recommends any sexually active individuals to be tested annually for gonorrhea. Symptoms for gonorrhea are similar to chlamydia, as unusual discharge from the vagina or anus may be a reason to get tested for an STD. If gonorrhea is left untreated, it may lead to infertility. To test for gonorrhea, All Female Health Care will perform a urine test or get a swab of the area being tested. You can also have gonorrhea of the throat or anus, so be sure to alert your doctor if you have engaged in oral or anal sex.
For sexually active women, there are two types of herpes. Cold sores, or type 1, are the most common for women. Type 2 refers to the form of herpes that is initially found on the genitals. Symptoms for type 2 herpes include bumps, blisters, or warts on the vagina or anus or itching or burning around the genitals. If you begin to see sores on your mouth, vagina, or anus, please contact the healthcare professionals at All Female Health Care to get tested immediately.
Another common STD for sexually active women, trichomoniasis, can result from unprotected sexual intercourse with multiple partners. Symptoms for trichomoniasis include unusual yellow-green discharge with a strong odor from the vagina, itching or burning around the vagina or anus, or abdominal pain. If you experience any of these symptoms, please get tested at All Female Health Care today.
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Even if you do not display any of these symptoms, there still may be a chance you have contracted an STD. This reason is why it is in your best interest to get tested at least once a year, especially if you have been with multiple partners recently. All Female Health Care also provides high quality and personalized OB/GYN services to women in all stages of their lives. By utilizing the latest clinical techniques and advancements, Safieh Javid, ARNP, and her team of experts can ensure all of our patients receive the best care possible. As an all-female practice, we have a personal understanding of female health issues and are able to work one-on-one with patients to help meet their gynecologic and obstetric needs. To schedule your appointment, please visit our website or call us today at (954) 742-3536.