STD Testing Specialist

Advanced Gynecology & Surgery

OB/GYNs located in Brooklyn, NY

Each year millions of people in the United States contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Getting tested early is the best way to keep an STD from turning into a more serious health condition. Women from around New York City know they can count on Faina Akselrod, MD, FACOG, FACS, and Genia Bekker, MD, FACOG, FACS, at Advanced Gynecology & Surgery in Brooklyn to provide confidential full-panel STD testing. If you have concerns about STDs, call the Sheepshead Bay office or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.

STD Testing Q & A

Advanced Gynecology & Surgery

What are STDs?

STDs are infections caused by sexual contact. After the cold and flu, STDs are the most common contagious illness in the US.

STDs are caused by a bacteria, parasite, or virus. Some of the most common STDs include:

  • Gonorrhea and chlamydia
  • Syphilis
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV), genital herpes
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Genital warts
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Hepatitis B

You may get an STD from genital, anal, or oral sex. If left untreated, STDs can cause serious health issues, especially in women, and even lead to death.

Do STDs cause symptoms?

STDs don’t always cause symptoms. If you have concerns about your sexual health, it’s always a good idea to get tested.

Symptoms that may indicate an STD include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Genital warts or lesions
  • Fever
  • Infertility
  • Bleeding in between your period
  • Vaginal itching or burning
  • Pain during intercourse

Even if you’re not experiencing symptoms, you can still be at risk for health issues and pass your STD to other sexual partners.

When should I get tested for STDs?

If you’re sexually active, you should get tested for STDs. Advanced Gynecology & Surgery offers full-panel STD testing and determines what to test for based on your age, sexual history, and symptoms.

In general, test for:

  • Chlamydia and gonorrhea if you’re sexually active with multiple partners yearly
  • Syphilis, hepatitis B, and HIV when you’re pregnant
  • HIV at least once in your lifetime

Your OB/GYN may also test for HPV during your routine pelvic exam. Certain strains of HPV increase your risk of cervical cancer and should be monitored.

What happens if my test comes back positive?

If your test indicates you have an STD, your OB/GYN will discuss your options. Bacterial and parasitic infections, such as syphilis and chlamydia, can be treated and cured with antibiotics. Viral infections, such as HIV and HPV, can’t be cured, but your OB/GYN can provide treatment to help manage your symptoms or refer you to a specialist for help.

If you have concerns about STDs, getting tested is the only way to ease your mind. Getting treatment early can help prevent complications related to STDs, which for women often means infertility.

For confidential STD testing from compassionate physicians, call Advanced Gynecology & Surgery to schedule your test, or you can use the online booking button.