STD Testing in New Jersey
How to Manage Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Any woman who is sexually active is put at risk for a sexually transmitted disease. More commonly known as an STD, these diseases are transmitted by having sexual contact with someone who has an STD, whether it is by mouth, penis, vagina or anus. The conditions that are categorized as STDs range from moderate to severe. According to the American Social Health Organization, by the time all young adults reach age 25, half of them will be exposed to an STD. Becoming educated and visiting a gynecologist is crucial to avoid and treat STDs.
Types of STDs
There are a variety of STDs, some more common than others. A number of characteristics make each one different from the next, and some are more manageable and treatable than others. Those who are sexually active can be exposed to and obtain the following types of STDs:
- Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
- Genital Herpes
- Genital Warts
- Hepatitis B
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Who’s at Risk for STDs
As mentioned, anyone who is sexually active is automatically put at risk for an STD. However, there are a few factors that increase the likelihood of a woman to get one. Those women at a greater risk are those who:
- Have unprotected sex
- Have sexual intercourse with multiple people
- Have sexual intercourse with a partner who has an STD
- Inject drugs via needle
Common Symptoms of STDs
The symptoms for many STDs vary greatly, and some may not show any signs at all. Possible symptoms for STDS in women include:
- Vaginal discharge
- Sores and/or bumps on the genitals
- Sores and/or bumps on the rectal area
- Vaginal discharge with an odor
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Uncommon vaginal bleeding
- Pain during urination
- Lower abdominal pain
- Swollen lymph nodes
If you or your partner is experiencing any of these symptoms, make an appointment at our office immediately for further testing and diagnosis.
STD Testing in NJ
Diagnosing which type of STD you have is a simple process, done in a few ways. For those patients who are showing signs and symptoms, are at a higher risk and are sexually active, we perform a series of laboratory tests that will reveal the causes and type of STD you may have – blood tests, urine sample and fluid samples are the most common. We also screen patients for STDs at our office as apart of their yearly routine gynecological examination.
STD Treatment in New Jersey
Treatment options have advanced greatly throughout the years, and we are proud to provide the most up-to-date treatment methods. Those that are caused by bacteria are easier to treat, while viral STDs are manageable but not always curable. Our gynecology office offers a number of safe, efficient and practical treatments that will cure an STD, lessen the symptoms, and make it less contagious.
Upon an initial examination, you will be tested for a list of STDs. After figuring out which STD(s) you have, a treatment plan will be discussed further with you. Typically, antibiotics are a common treatment weadminister for STDs transmitted through bacteria and parasitic infections, such as gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia and trichomoniasis. Following through with the antibiotic regimen is important to ensure a successful outcome. We also provide prescriptions for antiviral drugs, which decrease the risk of infection once you already have an STD. Antivirals can also keep HIV controllable for a number of years, although it unfortunately will always be transmittable.
Gynecologist in Livingston, NJ
If you are showing signs of symptoms of an STD, please contact our office , located in Livingston, New Jersey, at 973-716-9600 and schedule an appointment today.