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Screening for Sexually Transmitted Infections

How are STI’s transmitted?  

Most sexually transmitted infections can be transmitted during any type of sex. When we think about STI’s we often think about vaginal or anal sex as the route of transmission, however, oral sex and other types of sex play can transmit STI’s.  

 

How do we screen for STI’s? 

Screening can be done by your healthcare provider. You should expect to have a vaginal or urine culture in addition to blood work.

 

What are the most common sexually transmitted infections?

Chlamydia

Gonorrhea

Trichomonas

Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

HIV

Hepatitis

Syphilis 

 

When should you be tested for STI’s?

If you are having unprotected intercourse, even if just one time, it is advised for you to get screening.  Routine STI screening is also advised yearly in sexually active individuals.  If you are pregnant, you can expect to be screened at your prenatal appointment.

 

What symptoms should I watch out for?

STI’s can be present even if you have no symptoms!  However, if you have a change in discharge, burning, sores or genital itching, it would be advised to get screened. 

 

What is the best way to avoid getting an STI?

If you are sexually active, the single most important thing you can do is use a condom every time you have sex.  There are vaccines that help protect you against HPV, ask us if you are eligible to receive this. 

 

What if you have an STI? 

If you are diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection there are various treatment options depending on which infection you have.  Often times you can expect to take an antibiotic or antiviral pill or antibiotic injection.  Your healthcare provider will discuss your treatment options with you.  It is also extremely important that you inform your sexual partner(s) of your diagnosis so they can get treated as well. 

 

It is important for you to feel comfortable coming to our office with these concerns. Please know we are here to help you through this time if you feel that you are at risk or exposed to sexually transmitted infections.

 

Premier OB-Gyn is accepting new patients in both our Maitland, FL and Oviedo, FL locations. We would be happy to see you! Please call 321-397-1212 or visit www.premierob-gyn.com to book your appointment!

Author
Amanda Murphy, PA-C Amanda Murphy, PA-C Amanda Murphy, PA-C is a board-certified Physician Assistant at Premier OB-Gyn with offices in Maitland and Oviedo, Florida. Amanda was born and raised in Palm Harbor, Florida. She attended Florida State University and obtained her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry. Amanda’s brother received a life-saving heart and double lung transplant, which shaped Amanda’s goals for her future. She attended the University of Texas Medical Branch and obtained her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Amanda was the president of her class and involved in several organizations on campus. Amanda practiced Pulmonary Critical Care for nearly three years where she gained a wealth of knowledge and experience. She always had a passion for Women’s Health and started working in OB/Gyn, and completely fell in love with providing care for women. She enjoys delivering care to women of all ages and stages of life. She and her husband, Brendan, have two beautiful little girls named Abigail and Paige.

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