How are STI’s spread?
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are generally spread through sexual contact. STIs are also called sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Many STDs have few or no symptoms. You or your partner may not realize you’re infected until your STD is more advanced, which is why regular testing at Preete Bhanot MD is essential. Understanding, coping with, and preventing infections from STDs are important practices when you’re sexually active.
Can STDs harm my health?
An untreated STD may lead to a variety of health problems, some serious. STDs may affect:
• Your fertility
• Your pregnancy
• The health of your fetus
• Your eyes
• Your organs
Certain types of STDs may lead to cervical cancer or make you more susceptible to getting HIV if you come into contact with the virus.
What is STD testing?
Routine STD tests Preete Bhanot MD detect STDs even if you don’t have symptoms. Testing helps you to stay on top of your health and allows you to prevent the spread of STDs to your partners.
Dr. Bhanot will recommend the appropriate panel of STD tests based on your sexual history and health guidelines. They encourage you to ask questions about STD testing.
Expect testing for or one or more of the following STDs:
• Hepatitis C
• Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Your provider also may recommend testing for additional STDs beyond the ones listed here.
What should I expect during STD testing and treatment?
STDs are diagnosed through blood tests or urine samples, or by culturing a questionable lesion. Testing for HPV typically occurs at the same time as your Pap smear.
Depending on your test results, counseling and treatment are available. If you have an STD, your provider recommends the appropriate treatment. Antibiotics are used to treat many STDs, including syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea.
Do vaccines prevent STDs?
Just like getting a flu shot, immunizations protect you from some strains of STDs. Dr. Bhanot suggests getting the HPV vaccine, GARDASIL®9, which is available for teens and adults up to age 45. They also typically recommend being immunized against hepatitis B, another type of STD.
If you’re sexually active, don’t gamble with your health. Call Dr. Bhanot today for STD testing and treatment or book your appointment online.