Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), also sometimes called sexually transmitted infections (STIs), pass from one person to another through intercourse or other forms of sexual contact. Potential STD symptoms include:
Surprisingly, many STDs don’t have any symptoms. Dr. Mann and her team recommends a complete STD screening as soon as you become sexually active. You can also transmit STDs through sharing needles, during childbirth, or through breastfeeding.
Without treatment, STDs and STIs lead to a host of severe health issues, including an increased risk of contracting HIV, chronic pain, and fertility and pregnancy complications.
Dr. Mann tests for STDs in different ways. The first step is a complete physical, including a pelvic exam. Next, she discusses your health history, sexual habits, and any symptoms or issues you have.
From there, she determines which STD screenings are best for you. STD testing methods include:
STD treatment varies depending on the type and severity of the disease.
Dr. Mann and her team uses antibiotics to treat most bacterial STDs. A single dose usually treats syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia effectively.She recommends avoiding sex until you complete the course of antibiotics.
Other infections like HIV and herpes never go away, but you can manage them with antiviral drugs. Depending on your case, you might be able to reduce your viral count to nearly undetectable levels.
Even if your STD is under control, it’s still transmittable, so be sure to discuss safe-sex methods with Dr.Mann and her team
There is no need to feel shame or embarrassment about an STD. Dr. Mann and her team handles every personal health concern with discretion and compassion. Protect the health of you and your partner with STD testing. Schedule yours online or by calling today.