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?
Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
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!