Contemporary Women's Care
OB/GYNs located in Winter Park, FL & Lake Nona, FL
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) affect both men and women, but often lead to more serious health complications in women, such as infertility. The experienced all-female team at Contemporary Women’s Care, with offices in Winter Park and Lake Nona, Florida, want you to stay on top of your health, and they offer confidential, nonjudgmental STD testing for women of all ages. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book an appointment online.
STD Testing Q & A
What are STDs?
STDs are infections that are generally contracted through the exchange of body fluids that occurs during sexual contact. Some of the most common STDs include:
- Chlamydia and gonorrhea
- Genital herpes
- Genital warts
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Most of the time, STDs don’t cause symptoms and testing is the only way to know for sure if you have an STD. The team at Contemporary Women’s Care provide STD testing and treatment for women of all ages, including teenagers, to safely and accurately detect and diagnose STDs.
What are the symptoms of STDs?
Many STDs may have no symptoms at all, or the signs are so mild that you may not notice. Common symptoms of STDs include:
- Discharge or unusual fluid from the vagina that may be white or yellow
- Unexplained rash
- Burning sensation during urination
- Bumps, sores, blisters, or warts in the genital area
If you have any of the symptoms described above, you should call Contemporary Women’s Care right away for testing.
Is there a cure for STDs?
Some STDs are curable, while others have no cure. Gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis can be successfully treated with antibiotics when discovered early. Many of the incurable STDs, such as HIV and HPV, are with you for the rest of your life but can be medically managed.
How can I avoid getting a sexually transmitted disease?
There are several things you can do to reduce your chances of getting an STD. You may be able to limit your risk of developing an STD if you follow these options:
- Have sex with only one person whom you trust
- Use condoms
- Have fewer partners
- Don’t mix drugs and alcohol with sex
- Don’t use intravenous street drugs and never share needles
- Don’t have sex at all
Abstinence is the surest way to avoid getting an STD.
Can I get an STD from oral sex?
Yes. A common misconception is that you cannot get an STD from giving or receiving oral sex. This isn’t true. Gonorrhea and herpes are commonly transmitted through oral sex.
STDs are common, and getting tested is an important part of your wellness plan. To schedule an STD test, call Contemporary Women’s Care today or book an appointment online.
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