Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) often have no signs or symptoms, or mild symptoms that are easy to overlook. Left untreated, STDs can cause lasting health problems. Greensboro OB-GYN Associates offers STD testing in the convenience and privacy of their Greensboro, North Carolina, practice. If you’ve already been diagnosed with an STD, treatment is also available. Get STD testing today by calling or scheduling a consultation online.

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What is a sexually transmitted disease (STD)?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are common infections spread by sexual contact. Aside from the cold and flu, STDs are the most common contagious infections in the United States, with millions of new cases each year.

Certain STDs can cause serious health problems. Syphilis, for example, may cause a miscarriage or spread to your fetus. In some cases, syphilis may cause stillbirths and newborn deaths.

While many STDs can be treated, some STDs cannot be cured. STD testing at Greensboro OB-GYN Associates can tell you whether you have an STD to allow sufficient time for treatment to protect your health.

How are STDs spread?

STDs are spread by contact during vaginal, oral, and anal sex. You can have an STD and not have any symptoms, which is why it’s important to get tested frequently.

Am I at risk of getting an STD?

Certain factors place you at greater risk of getting an STD. These include:

  • Sex with someone who has an STD
  • More than one sexual partner
  • A partner who has multiple sexual partners
  • A history of STDs

Another risk factor is using IV drugs or having a partner who uses IV drugs.

What are the types of STDs?

STDs come in many different forms. Here are the most common ones:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Herpes
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis

Hepatitis B also can be spread during sex.

What is STD testing?

Getting tested for STDs is simple. For your convenience, Greensboro OB-GYN Associates offers STD testing right in the office. Depending on which type of STD you’re being tested for, you may need a blood test, urine test, or swab test.

Here are examples of what to expect during a variety of STD tests:

  • Chlamydia: Swab of your genital area or urine sample
  • Syphilis: Blood test or sample of a sore
  • Gonorrhea: Swab of your genitals or urine sample
  • HIV: Swab inside of your mouth or blood test
  • Genital herpes: A blood test, if you have no symptoms

If you have symptoms of genital herpes, your provider will take a swab of the sore for STD testing.

While STDs are very common, most are treatable. With convenient on-site STD testing, Greensboro OB-GYN Associates helps to safeguard your sexual health and overall well-being. Call today or schedule a consultation online if it’s been a while since you’ve had an STD test.