If you’re sexually active and at risk of a sexually transmitted disease (STD), or you experience new or unusual gynecological symptoms, STD testing can help prevent serious complications. At his private practice in Miami, Florida, OB/GYN, physician Peter A Khamvongsa, MD, FACOG, FACS, IF, and his expert team can detect, diagnose, and treat STDs to alleviate symptoms or cure the disease. Schedule STD testing with Dr. Khamvongsa over the phone or online today.
STD testing includes diagnostic procedures that help Dr. Khamvongsa and his team diagnose sexually transmitted diseases that spread through sexual contact with an infected partner. Common STDs you might encounter if you’re sexually active include:
STDs are often caused by viruses, parasites, or bacteria. There are more than 20 types of sexually transmitted diseases, which can affect both men and women. Many times health complications associated with STDs are more severe in women and can affect pregnancy.
Not all STDs cause symptoms, at least not right away. You might experience genital or rectal bumps, open sores, pelvic pain, or infertility. Painful or burning urination, pain with intercourse, unusual discharge or bleeding, a fever, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash are other symptoms to watch out for. See Dr. Khamvongsa at the first sign of an STD.
When you arrive at Dr. Khamvongsa’s office for STD testing, he and his team review your lifestyle, risk factors, symptoms if you have any, and medical history. He completes a comprehensive physical exam, including a pelvic exam.
Blood tests, urine tests, and tissue swabs can help Dr. Khamvongsa determine which STD, if any, you have and develop a treatment plan.
Your personalized STD treatment plan depends on the type of STD you have. Antibiotics can cure STDs caused by parasites or bacteria. While there’s no cure for STDs caused by viruses, certain medications can reduce unpleasant symptoms. Dr. Khamvongsa might recommend minor surgical procedures to remove genital warts or cancerous tissue associated with STDs.
To reduce your risk of contracting an STD, abstain from vaginal, oral, and anal sexual intercourse, use condoms, or practice safe sexual intercourse with just one monogamous partner. Condoms aren’t 100% effective for STD prevention, however.
If you’re at risk of or suspect an STD, see Peter Khamvongsa, MD, FACOG, FACS, IF, and his team right away for STD testing. Call the office to schedule an appointment or use the online booking feature today.