If you engage in sexual activity, whether you have multiple sexual partners or just one, you are at risk of catching a sexually transmitted disease (STD). If untreated, an STD can cause uncomfortable, sometimes unpleasant, symptoms and even lead to permanent, severe health issues. Jennifer Wu, MD, and Adam Romoff, MD, and their experienced team at Women's Health of Manhattan provide STD testing at their Upper East Side, Manhattan, office in New York City. Take control over your sexual health and schedule an appointment today. Call, or book online.
A sexually transmitted disease (STD) is an infection passed between people through sexual contact. Aside from causing some uncomfortable symptoms, untreated STDs can lead to severe health concerns, including:
Not all STDs have symptoms, so STD testing is sometimes the only way you can know whether you have the disease, allowing you to catch it before it becomes too advanced or you pass it to someone else.
While you may be tested for some STDs as your annual wellness check, if you believe you may have an infection, you should reach out to the team at Women's Health of Manhattan to request an STD test specifically so that they can check for all potential diseases.
While there are many different types of STDs, your provider won't always need to test for all of them. Some of the most commons STDs include:
At your appointment, your provider discusses your concerns and your sexual history with you to determine which tests are most appropriate.
There are several ways your provider can test for STDs. While tests may feel a little uncomfortable, they take just a few minutes and offer peace of mind.
Your doctor can confirm most STDs with a blood or urine test. However, these aren't always the most accurate ways to test — it can sometimes take a couple of weeks for an infection to show in blood, and you may receive a false negative if tested too soon.
Your doctor may take vaginal or cervical swabs using a cotton applicator to check for harmful organisms inside your body.
Some STDs have visible symptoms, such as bumps, sores, and rashes. If you notice any unusual changes around your genitals or rectum, you should come in for a physical examination. Your doctor will also take swabs or blood or urine analysis for lab testing.
An STD can affect your health and quality of life. Take appropriate precautions when engaging in sexual activity and receive regular testing to ensure you remain sexually healthy. Call Women's Health of Manhattan today to find out more or book online.