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STD Testing Specialist

Dekalb OB/GYN Affiliates

Board Certified OB/GYN located in Decatur, GA

Most of the time, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) don’t cause symptoms, so getting tested is the only way to know for sure that you or your partner don’t have one. Shirley Rigaud-Echols, MD, and the all-female team of providers at Dekalb OB/GYN Affiliates offer STD testing at their private practice in Decatur, Georgia. Call the office, or book an appointment online today to get tested for STDs.

STD Testing Q & A

Why is STD testing important?

STD testing is an essential part of maintaining good sexual health. A person can have and spread an STD without experiencing any signs or symptoms, so getting tested, asking your partner to get tested, and using a latex condom every time you have sex are the best ways to protect yourself.

When should I get tested for STDs?

The best thing to do is get tested before you have any type of sexual contact with another person. It’s also a good idea to ask your partner to get tested and maintain open communication about your sexual health.

It’s especially important to get tested if you’ve already had unprotected sex or if your partner tells you they have an STD. Don’t wait to see if you develop symptoms.

STDs often don’t cause signs or symptoms, but when they do, they may include:

  • Sores or bumps on your genitals
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Pain, itching, or irritation around the genital region
  • A burning sensation during urination
  • Flu-like symptoms like fever, body aches, and fatigue

These symptoms are similar to those of other conditions, like urinary tract infections (UTIs), so STD testing is the only way to get an accurate diagnosis.

What STD tests should I get?

The type and frequency of STD testing you need depends on your age, sexual history, overall health, and any symptoms you may have. The team at Dekalb OB/GYN Affiliates tests for all types of STDs, including:

  • Genital herpes
  • HIV
  • Syphilis
  • Hepatitis
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • HPV

Your provider may ask you if you want to include STD testing along with your Pap smear during a routine well-woman exam. If they don’t ask, you can feel free to bring it up during your appointment.

What does STD testing entail?

Fortunately, STD testing is usually quick and painless. Depending on the type of STD, testing may involve:

  • Physical or pelvic exam
  • Blood test
  • Urine test
  • Cheek swab
  • Swabbing sores or blisters

STD testing may also involve swabbing cell samples from your vagina or cervix, similar to a Pap smear.

To learn more about STD testing, call Dekalb OB/GYN Affiliates, or book an appointment online today.