Holy Name Medical Associates
OBGYNs located in Hackensack, NJ
To protect you and your sexual partners, you should get tested for sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs. Garden State Women’s Center in Hackensack, New Jersey, offers comprehensive STD testing and treatment options. If you have concerns about STDs and would like to learn more about the tests available, call the office or book an appointment online today.
STD Testing Q&A
What are STDs?
Sexually transmitted diseases are types of infections that get passed from person to person through sexual contact. These infections may be the result of bacteria, a virus, a parasite, or yeast.
Types of STDs include:
- Chlamydia and gonorrhea
- HPV and genital herpes
- HIV and hepatitis
How do you test for STDs?
Tests vary depending on the type of infection the healthcare professionals at Garden State Women’s Center are looking for and include:
- Blood test — HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis
- Urine — chlamydia and gonorrhea
- Pap smear — trichomoniasis and HPV
Genital herpes is caused by a strain of HPV and maybe a little more difficult to diagnose, unless you’re experiencing a breakout, then the doctor can confidently diagnose it after an examination. You can get a blood test if you had a previous infection, but the tests aren’t always conclusive.
Other strains of HPV may increase your risk of cervical cancer, which is one of the reasons the team at Garden State Women’s Center recommends you get a Pap smear every three years between ages 26 and 65 to check the cells of your cervix for abnormalities. If you’re 30 or older, the team recommends you get specific HPV testing every five years.
HPV virus may also increase your risk of vaginal, vulva, mouth, and throat cancer. HPV is the most common STD, affecting nearly 80 million Americans.
Could I know I have an STD before testing?
STD symptoms vary depending on the infection. Common symptoms include:
- Genital, buttock, or thigh sores or bumps
- Burning during urination
- Fever or body aches
- Abnormal vaginal discharge
- Itchy or painful genitals
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, call the office right away. If you’ve had these symptoms in the past and they went away, you should still call the office right away.
STD symptoms are similar to other health conditions, but the only way to know for sure if you have an STD is to get tested.
STDs come and go, but the infection may not leave your body until it’s properly treated.
What treatments are available for STDs?
Antibiotics treat STDs caused by bacteria, parasites, or yeast. STDs caused by a virus, such as HPV or HIV, don’t have a cure, but symptoms are managed with medication.
Condoms and regular testing may protect you and your sexual partners from STDs.
If you’re experiencing symptoms or need peace of mind, call the office or book an appointment online for STD testing today.