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STD Testing

Boro Park OB/GYN

OB-GYNs & Midwives located in Brooklyn, NY

Protecting yourself from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is a vital part of caring for your reproductive health. At Boro Park OB/GYN in Brooklyn, New York, the experienced team of physicians and midwives offer STD screenings for conditions like gonorrhea, hepatitis, HPV, and herpes. They also have an in-house laboratory for fast results to give you peace of mind. To learn more about confidential STD testing, schedule a discrete appointment online or by phone.

STD Testing Q&A

What is an STD?

Sexually transmitted diseases are infections spread by sexual contact, whether vaginal, anal, or oral. In many cases, the diseases cause no symptoms and continue to progress without a proper diagnosis or treatment.

Your Boro Park OB/GYN physician discusses your history of sexual activity and sexual partners to determine if STD testing is necessary. Available STD screenings include:

  • Herpes
  • Hepatitis
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)

What are the symptoms of STDs?

Not all STDs have symptoms and are only detectable during routine STD screenings. Many of the conditions have similar symptoms that may include:

  • Painful urination
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal odor
  • Irregular bleeding
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Pain or bleeding with intercourse

With genital herpes and HPV, you may develop small bumps on your genitals that may cause itching or discomfort that worsen over time.

Syphilis is a bacterial infection that affects your genitals and may also cause damage to your heart and brain if left untreated. Symptoms of syphilis may include sores, enlarged lymph nodes, and fever.

As soon as symptoms appear, it's essential that you receive a proper diagnosis to prevent the spread of the disease to your sexual partner.

When do I need to get tested?

If you're sexually active, have multiple partners, or don’t use routine STD protection, it's advisable that you receive STD screenings. You may undergo urine tests or blood work as part of your STD testing.

During your annual pelvic exam, your Boro Park OB/GYN physician conducts a Pap smear to test for abnormal cells in your cervix that may indicate HPV.

There are no tests available to diagnose the viral herpes infection. If you develop sores or warts on your genitals, your doctor may take a culture to diagnose herpes.

Your doctor can review your medical history and sexual activity to recommend how often you need STD testing for conditions like gonorrhea and chlamydia.

What if I test positive for an STD?

If your results of STD testing are positive, your doctor discusses your treatment options and may request additional testing.

Available treatment options may include antibiotics to treat gonorrhea and chlamydia. Antiviral drugs may help prevent the recurrence and spread of the herpes virus.

In HPV, your doctor can address precancerous cells before they turn into cancer.