STD Testing Specialist
Most people with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) don’t have symptoms, so getting tested is the only way to be sure you don’t have one. Gynecologists Stephanie Carmichael, MD, and Andrea Johnson, MD, offer STD screening at Total Women’s Health & Wellness Center in Decatur and Lithonia, Georgia. To learn more about STD testing and treatment, call or book an appointment online today.
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STD Testing Q & A
What is STD screening?
STD screening is an essential part of your preventive health strategy. There are dozens of STDs out there, and most don’t cause symptoms. Without treatment, some STDs can lead to serious problems, including infertility. If you’re sexually active, you should use latex condoms for STD protection and get tested regularly.
What STDs should I get screened for?
No single test screens for all STDs. When you visit Total Women’s Health & Wellness Center for STD screening, Dr. Carmichael or Dr. Johnson recommends the best tests based on factors such as your age and sexual history.
They offer screening for all the most common STDs, including:
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
HIV and AIDS
Dr. Carmichael or Dr. Johnson will ask if you want to be screened for chlamydia and gonorrhea during your Pap smear. However, you should always make a specific request for additional STD testing to make sure.
When do I need STD screening?
Even if you don’t have any symptoms, it’s smart to get routine STD screenings. How often you need to get tested depends on your unique risk factors. You might want to schedule an appointment for STD screening if any of the following are true for you:
You just began a new sexual relationship
You have multiple sexual partners
Your partner has had sex with other people
You and your partner wish to stop using condoms
You suspect you have an STD
It’s important to be honest with Dr. Carmichael or Dr. Johnson about your sexual history and any symptoms you are experiencing so they can recommend the best STD screening for you.
What does STD screening involve?
There’s no need to be nervous about STD testing. Many STDs can be detected in a blood or urine test. Others require a swab to collect cell samples from areas such as your cervix or vagina, similar to a Pap smear.
After they collect the sample, Dr. Carmichael or Dr. Johnson let you know when to expect the results. This can take a few days or weeks.
To schedule your STD screening, call Total Women’s Health & Wellness Center or book an appointment online today.