STD Testing

SunSouth Medical Center -  - Primary Care

SunSouth Medical Center

Primary Care Practice located in Morrow, GA

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) continue to be a health issue in America, and not everyone who has an STD is aware of their status. At SunSouth Medical Center in Morrow, Georgia, Antony Labady, MD, offers comprehensive and compassionate STD testing and treatment. Don’t live with uncertainty and potentially place others at risk. Schedule an appointment online or by phone today.

STD Testing Q & A

What are some common STDs?

Most adults are familiar with the more common sexually transmitted diseases, but there are many other STDs that pose risks, even if you’ve never heard of them. STDs include:

  • Chlamydia
  • Syphilis
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Gonorrhea
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Mycoplasma genitalium
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Herpes
  • Scabies
  • Hepatitis B and C
  • Chancroid

These are just some of the infections that spread through intimate contact. Because the rate of infection remains high for many sexually transmitted diseases, it’s essential to get tested and take steps to clear up any infections.

What is it like to get tested for STDs?

Your provider at SunSouth Medical Center will discuss which testing options are right for you based on any symptoms you’re experiencing and your sexual history. Being open and honest with your doctor is important and there’s no need to feel embarrassed to share information.

STD testing methods include:

  • Urine testing
  • Blood testing
  • A swab of your cheek, vagina, penis, anus, cervix, or throat
  • A physical exam
  • A swab from any blisters or sores

STD testing is quick and painless, so there’s no need to worry. If you test positive for an STD, you’ll receive the full details of your treatment options.

How can I protect myself from STDs?

The only absolute protection is to abstain from all forms of sexual behavior, including intimate touching. The next best thing is to remain in a mutually monogamous relationship in which both partners are tested for STDs.

Otherwise, using condoms each and every time, and taking care to use them properly, will provide a degree of protection. Dental dams can help prevent the spread of STDs during oral sex.

If you’re sexually active with multiple partners, it’s important to come in for routine STD testing. Many infections can be treated with a simple course of antibiotics. If you don’t know you have an infection, however, you could pass an infection to your partners. Some STDs are more serious than others, and there are infections that can negatively impact fertility and other health concerns.

Scheduling an appointment for STD testing is as simple as a phone call or a visit to the online booking page. If you have questions about STD testing or are concerned about unusual symptoms, don’t hesitate to reach out to SunSouth Medical Center today.