With an estimated 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States each year, STD testing and prevention is critical. At John Y. Lee Obstetrics and Gynecology in Suwanee, Georgia, you can receive discreet and confidential STD testing and treatment. John Y. Lee, MD, FACOG has treated hundreds of patients during his years as a physician and can help you, too. Get STD tested as soon as possible: Call the office to schedule your appointment or book online now.
There are several common STDs in the United States, including:
Some STDs are highly contagious, and many people don’t show any signs or symptoms of their condition. Without regular testing, you may not know you have an STD, making it more likely to spread. Every year, millions of people are diagnosed with STDs.
While many STDs have uncomfortable symptoms, such as the discharge associated with gonorrhea, others have much more severe side effects. These could include infertility, and in some cases, even death.
Dr. Lee recommends that everyone who is sexually active gets tested for STDs, especially teenagers and young adults. It’s estimated that, although they’re only 25% of sexually active people, those between 15-24 are responsible for half of the new STD infections each year, accounting for some 10 million cases.
If you’ve had sex and haven’t received an STD test, now’s the time. The sooner an infection is diagnosed and treated, the less damage it can do to your body. If you’re not in a monogamous relationship, Dr. Lee may discuss having regularly scheduled STD tests.
Depending on your specific situation, Dr. Lee typically recommends both a urine test and blood work to test for STDs. In some cases, he may require a tissue or discharge sample.
Not all STDs are curable. Some, including HPV, HIV, and herpes, are viral and, once contracted, are carried with you for the rest of your life. Although these conditions are incurable, some medications may reduce your symptoms.
Other STDs are bacterial and easily treated with antibiotics. If you’re getting treatment for an STD and have a regular sexual partner, they should also receive treatment.
Although many of these conditions are treatable, Dr. Lee recommends prevention as the best option. Using barrier contraceptives -- such as condoms and dental dams -- undergoing regular testing, and receiving certain vaccinations can all prevent STDs.
Contact Dr. Lee today for discreet and thorough STD testing and treatment. Call the office to schedule your appointment or book it online.