STD Testing

Oak Hills Women's Center, P.A. -  - OB-GYN

Oak Hills Women's Center, P.A.

OB-GYN located in San Antonio, TX

Sexually transmitted diseases aren’t easy to talk about, but they’re an important topic to discuss with your OB/GYN. At Oak Hills Women’s Center, P.A. in San Antonio, Texas, the doctors can answer your questions and perform screenings for these diseases if you’re sexually active. Call the office or book an appointment to learn more about STDs and your risk.

STD Testing Q & A

Who is at risk of getting a sexually transmitted disease?

Anyone who is sexually active is at risk of getting an STD. Using latex or plastic male or female condoms does reduce your risk but doesn’t eliminate it altogether.

You’re at more risk if you have multiple partners or your partner has multiple partners.

What are the symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease?

Many sexually transmitted diseases have no symptoms but can be passed on regardless. Watch for the following symptoms of an STD:

  • Sores or bumps around your genitals
  • Itching or pain in your genital area
  • Swelling or discharge from your vagina
  • Burning sensations when urinating
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Fever
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Body aches

While many of these symptoms can suggest other conditions, it’s important to bring them to the attention of the doctors at Oak Hills Women’s Center, P.A. if you’re sexually active. Testing for STDs is not a normal part of your pelvic exam unless you raise the issue with the providers.

What are the tests for an STD?

You may undergo a blood or urine test to check for an STD. The doctors at Oak Hills Women’s Center, P.A. may also take a swab from the inside of your mouth or your genitals to culture for an STD.

Finding out you have an STD can help you become more sexually responsible. Regular screenings mean you’re taking charge of your personal health and wellbeing.

What are the common types of STDs?

Dozens of sexually transmitted diseases exist. The most common types include:

  • Chlamydia, caused by a bacterial infection
  • Genital warts caused by HPV, or the human papillomavirus
  • HPV, caused by a virus and can lead to cellar changes that cause cancer
  • Gonorrhea, caused by a bacterial infection
  • Herpes, which results in blistery sores that can’t be cured but managed
  • Syphilis, a bacterial infection that’s dangerous if gone untreated
  • Trichomoniasis, which can lead to vaginitis

Hepatitis B and HIV/AIDs are other serious infections passed through sexual activity.

To schedule testing for an STD or to learn more about your risks, call Oak Hills Women’s Center, P.A. or book an appointment online.