What are the symptoms of an STD?
STD symptoms can vary widely, and some STDs have no symptoms at all in their earliest stages. Some symptoms that may signal an STD include:
- Unusual vaginal discharge
- Vaginal odor
- Pain when you urinate
- Pain during sex
- New sores, bumps, or swelling in or around your genital area
- Vaginal burning
- Vaginal itching
If you notice some of these symptoms, a quick response is important. Call your Lievano Perez Obstetrics and Gynecology of Miami to schedule an appointment right away.
What does an STD screening include?
A standard STD screening checks for the most common STDs. All sexually active adults should have an STD screening at the frequency recommended by their OB-GYN. An STD screening at Lievano Perez Obstetrics and Gynecology of Miami can be customized for your situation, testing for any or all of the following.
Talk to your OB-GYN at Lievano Perez Obstetrics and Gynecology of Miami to discuss your symptoms, your lifestyle, and your concerns to determine which STD tests you need.
What does STD testing involve?
STD testing is quite simple. Most STD tests require a urine or blood sample, but HIV testing requires a cheek swab. If you have open sores or fluid-filled blisters, your OB-GYN may take a sample to test it.
Your OB-GYN may also need to take small cell samples from your vagina to test for some STDs. HPV testing is often part of your regular checkups, and is frequently done at the same time as a Pap smear.
Can my STD be treated?
Yes, STDs are treatable, but a rapid response after diagnosis is important. If the STD is caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotics can be extremely effective in eliminating the infection rapidly.
For viral STDs, the treatment depends on the disease. Antiviral medications or other medications made especially for the specific disease can also be effective in managing viral STD symptoms.