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STD Testing in Fort Worth, Texas

Receiving regular screenings for STDs is essential to maintaining the health of both you and your sexual partner(s). In many cases, those infected with a sexually transmitted disease may not even know because they aren’t showing symptoms. If left untreated, STDs can be spread to others and may even lead to effects such as infertility. Dr. Carolyn Quist is a board-certified gynecologist with over 25 years of experience diagnosing and treating patients for STDs and STIs. Call (817) 926-1313 to schedule an appointment at our Fort Worth Women’s Clinic.

When Should you Get Tested for an STD?

Getting tested for each type of STD during your annual visit to your gynecologist is expensive and not necessary in most cases. Patients should speak with Dr. Quist about their specific risk factors and lifestyle so that she can determine which tests are right for them.

It is recommended that you undergo an STD screening if:

  • You have a new sexual partner. Everyone who is sexually active should receive an STD screening at some point, and this is especially true if you are engaged in sexual relations with a new person.
  • You are having unprotected sex. Not wearing protection increases your risk of receiving a sexually transmitted disease. Because of this, it is recommended that you receive a screening if you’re having unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
  • You are engaging in high-risk behavior. If you or your partner have multiple partners, are an IV drug user, or have had contact with a sex worker, it is strongly advised that you receive more frequent STD screenings.
  • You are exhibiting symptoms. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, it is always best to have it examined by your physician to determine the cause.

What are the Symptoms of an STD?

It isn’t always obvious when you have an STD. Symptoms can be minor or even nonexistent in some cases. Visit the gynecologist if you are experiencing:

  • Painful urination
  • Frequent urination
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Blisters or sores on genitals and/or anus
  • Itchy or irritated genital area
  • Unusual discharge
  • Fever or flu-like symptoms

What is the Treatment for an STD?

If results determine that you have an STD, the type of issue it is will determine how it is treated. STDs are broken down into three categories:

  • Bacterial STDs. Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are good examples of STDs caused by bacteria. These issues can be treated with antibiotics and should go away after the antibiotic treatment is completed.
  • Parasitic STDs. STDs that are caused by parasites like Trichomonas Vaginalis can be cured using antibiotics, antiparasitic drugs, or prescription shampoos.
  • Viral STDs. STDs caused by a virus cannot be cured completely, but they can be managed. The most common types are HPV, genital herpes, hepatitis B, and HIV.

Schedule an STD Screening in Forth Worth, TX

To schedule an STD screening with Dr. Carolyn Quist, please call our gynecology office in Fort Worth, Texas today at (817) 926-1313.

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