STD Testing And Treatment

Louisiana Women's Healthcare -  - OB/GYN

Louisiana Women's Healthcare

Obstetricians & Gynecologists located in Baton Rouge, LA

The Louisiana Women’s Healthcare providers offer advanced testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) to help you take care of your sexual wellness in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Some sexually transmitted diseases and infections don’t exhibit symptoms and can lead to infertility if left untreated, making STD testing an essential part of your preventive care. Call or book your test online today.

STD Testing and Treatment Q & A

Louisiana Women's Healthcare


What is a Sexually Transmitted Disease?

A sexually transmitted disease (STD) is usually contracted through sexual activity. Engaging in sexual activity without proper protection can lead to an STD regardless of your sex or sexuality. Detecting an STD early decreases your chances of complications developing.

Your doctor can discuss different methods to protect you against STDs, and regular testing is an excellent form of preventive care.

There are some STD tests you can take at home, but professional testing is the most reliable and accurate because it gives you the support of a medical specialist with knowledge of sexually transmitted diseases.

If you’re sexually active with multiple partners, it’s important to get regular STD testing.

You begin with a consultation where your doctor devises an individualized treatment plan for you to decide the best methods of testing.

Numerous STD testing methods are available, including:

  • Swabs
  • Biopsies
  • Blood tests
  • Visual exam
  • Urine samples

 

What are Some of the Most Common Sexually Transmitted Diseases?

There are many common STDs:

  • Chlamydia: Chlamydia is a bacterial infection of the genital tract.
  • Gonorrhea: Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection of the genital tract that can grow in the mouth, anus, throat, and eyes.
  • Trichomoniasis: Trichomoniasis is a common STI caused by a microscopic single-celled parasite that usually infects the vagina or urinary tract.
  • HIV: HIV is an infection brought on by the human immunodeficiency virus. If not treated, HIV can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

 

Other common STDs include:

  • Genital warts
  • Genital herpes
  • Hepatitis (viral infections that affect the liver)

 

What are the Benefits of STD Testing?

STD testing is especially beneficial as part of your preventive care to protect your reproductive health and general health. Some sexually transmitted diseases don’t exhibit any symptoms and are detected only through an STD test.

Some STDs can lead to infertility and other health complications if left untreated, and some are transmittable without sexual contact. You can get hepatitis, for example, when you come into contact with the blood of an infected person.

STD testing is safe, efficient, and can be performed quickly and conveniently in the office. The Louisiana Women’s Healthcare team offers comprehensive testing to detect a range of common STDs.

If you’d like more information on STD testing and want to book your test, call our office today.

What we offer

Obstetric & Gynecological Services