No matter what your age, if you are sexually active it is always a good idea to take advantage of STD testing. Whether you’re sleeping with one person or multiple partners, you never know what you could be carrying or what someone else may have that could potentially harm you and your health.While using protection is always highly recommended, it does not always protect against sexually transmitted diseases. Getting tested at Balcones Obstetrics & Gynecology today will provide both you and your partner with the peace of mind to know that you are safe from these diseases.
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Types of STD Tests
As you make the decision to get tested for STDs at our Austin clinic, you may not know exactly what types of tests to have done or what STDs the test is screening for. The types of sexually transmitted diseases that women should be screened for will vary depending upon age, sexual behavior and any other risk factors that she may have. To get an STD test, simply request an appointment from one of our Balcones OB/GYN members as you are not typically screened for STDs during your annual Pap test
Chlamydia & Gonorrhea
It is typically a good idea to receive an STD test for chlamydia and gonorrhea if you meet the following criteria:
- You are under the age of 25 and are sexually active.
- You are older than 25 years of age, are sexually active and have multiple partners.
This STD screening can easily be done with a simple urine test or by swabbing the cervix. The sample will then be analyzed in the lab to determine if you are currently carrying chlamydia or gonorrhea. Testing is extremely important as you may not show any signs or symptoms of these diseases.
Genital herpes is one of the most common STDs among women. This viral infection can easily be transmitted from one person to another even when you do not show any signs or symptoms of carrying it. A blood test can be done to detect genital herpes, as well as a tissue scraping of blisters on the genital region. There are two different types of herpes which can be hard to distinguish between. Results may not be entirely clear depending on the severity of the infection.
Ovarian cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to detect. It has few symptoms until later in the disease, and even then the symptoms are often subtle. There is currently no reliable way to screen for ovarian cancer in women, and it’s an area of intense medical research. The best advice currently is to have an annual pelvic exam where the ovaries are palpated for enlargement, and family history is discussed. Like breast cancer, ovarian cancer is often genetically based. Special screening such as genetic mutation testing for the BRCA mutation may also be advised. Sometimes a transvaginal ultrasound, or a blood test can help detect if the risk justifies further evaluation. We at Balcones OB/GYN hope that soon the research pays off, and that a more specific screen is available in the near future. We can advise on new progress in research at your annual exam, and offer new screening as soon as available.
Syphilis, Hepatitis & HIV
HIV testing should be done at least once per year if you are between ages 13 and 64. By testing early, you can treat this disease in the beginning stages before it becomes worse. Some reasons that you may choose to test for syphilis, hepatitis and HIV include:
- You have had several new sexual partners since your last STD screening.
- You use IV drugs or medications.
- You have previously tested positive for gonorrhea or chlamydia which can typically put you at a greater risk for developing additional STDs.
HPV can lead to cervical cancer if not detected early. Other forms of this disease can cause genital warts. To detect HPV, it is highly recommended that women receive an annual Pap test which checks the cervix for cells that appear to be abnormal and through an HPV test that is offered to women over 30 years of age.
If you have received a positive result from an STD test, Dr. Binford will thoroughly go over your treatment options. Your partners should be informed as the infection can be passed onto them.
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Contact us today at 512-452-8888 to schedule an appointment, or to learn more about the services that we provide. We will be pleased assist you in your Austin cancer screening needs.