STD Testing and Treatment in Reston, VA
All sexually active persons should be tested for sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, this is an important part of practicing safe sex to protect themselves and their partner. Oftentimes, those who are infected with a sexually transmitted disease may not even know and spread the infection to their partner because they aren’t showing symptoms. If left untreated, there can be long-lasting effects and may even lead to infertility.
The board-certified OBGYNs at Perfectly Female have extensive experience diagnosing and treating STDs at our gynecology office in Reston, VA. If you are experiencing symptoms of an STD or would like to schedule your routine testing, please call (703) 796-0200 or request an appointment through our secure online form today!
When Should You Be Tested for STDs?
Getting tested for each type of STD during your annual visit is expensive and not necessary in most cases. Patients should speak with their provider at Perfectly Female about their specific risk factors and lifestyle so that they can determine which tests are necessary for them.
It is recommended that you undergo an STD screening if:
You have a new sexual partner. Everyone who is sexually active should receive an STD screening at some point, and this is especially true if you are engaged in sexual relations with a new person.
You are having unprotected sex. Not wearing protection increases your risk. Because of this, it is recommended that you receive a screening If you’re having unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex.
You are engaging in high-risk behavior. If you or your partner have multiple partners, are an IV drug user or have had contact with a sex worker, it is strongly advised that you receive more frequent STD screenings.
You are exhibiting symptoms. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, it is always best to have it examined by your physician to determine the cause.
What Are the Symptoms of STDs?
Symptoms of an STD can be minor or even nonexistent in some cases which is why you should be tested regularly. Visit the doctor if you are experiencing:
- Painful urination
- Frequent urination
- Pain during intercourse
- Blisters or sores on genitals and/or anus
- Itchy or irritated genital area
- Unusual discharge
- Fever / flu-like symptoms
How Are STDs Treated?
If the results of your testing verify you have an STD, treatment will be determined based on the type of infection. STDs are broken down into three categories:
Bacterial STDs. Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are good examples of STDs caused by bacteria. These issues can be treated with antibiotics and should go away after the antibiotic treatment is completed.
Parasitic STDs. STDs that are caused by parasites like Trichomonas Vaginalis can be cured using antibiotics, antiparasitic drugs, or prescription shampoos.
Viral STDs. STDs caused by a virus cannot be cured completely, but they can be managed. The most common types are HPV, genital herpes, hepatitis B, and HIV.
Schedule Your STD Testing and Treatment in Reston, VA
If you are experiencing symptoms of an STD or have a new sexual partner and need to be tested, contact the board-certified gynecologists at Perfectly Female to schedule your STD testing. To schedule an appointment for STD screening and treatment at our gynecology office in Reston, VA, please call (703) 796-0200 or request an appointment online using our secure form.