For anyone who is sexually active, sexually transmitted disease (STD) screening is one of the most important health assessments to undergo regularly. For those who have been exposed to one or more STDs, assessment and treatment are the best ways to protect a patient’s long-term overall and reproductive health.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), all adults and adolescents between the ages of 13 and 64 should be tested at least once for HIV. Sexually active women under the age of 25 and women with new or multiple sex partners should undergo annual chlamydia and gonorrhea screenings. These screenings are designed to detect these diseases in their earliest stages and allow doctors to prescribe proper treatment. Pregnant women should undergo screening for syphilis, HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and hepatitis B as these can cause severe birth defects if left untreated.
The treatment course for an STD varies, depending on the diagnosis. In all cases, early detection and treatment can prevent long-term or chronic physical problems. This is especially important in patients who are not experiencing symptoms but are infected with an STD who can pass the infection on to their sexual partners without their knowledge. Treatment can range from antibiotics to drug therapy to IV infusions, and can be prescribed in office by one of the qualified, caring physicians at Newport Beach OB/GYN Medical Group, Inc.
Dr. Stephanie Ricci at Newport Beach OB/GYN Medical Group, Inc. are committed to not only treating women who have been infected with an STD, but to educating their patients on ways to prevent STD infection. From providing contraception counseling to prescribing specific methods of birth control and counseling on ways to reduce the likelihood of STD infection, each consultation is handled in a caring, confident way. Contact their office today for a confidential appointment to address your STD concerns.
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