STDs can be easily spread from one person to another, especially in their early stages when symptoms may not be present. Shawn Hassler, MD, performs regular STD/STI screening and testing at Optimus Medical Group Inc in San Francisco, ensuring diseases are caught early so men and women can enjoy better health and prevent continued transmission of infection. Schedule your appointment today by calling the office or using the online booking tool.
STDs are infections which are transmitted through sexual contact. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are almost 20 million new infections each year. Since not all STDs have symptoms, it’s important to visit Dr. Hassler and his staff to be tested every few months if you are sexually active.
There is a multitude of STDs, but the most common ones affecting men and women include:
STD testing can be performed using different techniques depending on the symptoms. If a routine exam reveals sores, warts, bumps, or other abnormal areas, Dr. Hassler can order a blood test, urine samples, or fluid samples to test for the presence of specific germs.
Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health recommend all sexually active people have STD testing performed annually, and every three to six months for those who engage in risky sexual activity.
STDs can be difficult to detect, especially in their early stages when there may be no noticeable symptoms. That means not only can an infection progress to a more serious stage that may be more difficult to treat, but it’s also easy to spread disease unknowingly to another person.
Being tested for STDs on a regular basis is important for the patient’s own health as well as for the health of the patient’s partners.
Most STDs can be treated and eradicated using medications. The type of medication and the duration of treatment will depend on the type of infection that’s present, how far the disease has progressed and other factors like the patient’s own health. Some STDs like herpes and HIV cannot be cured, but they can be managed with ongoing treatment.
Usually, it takes a few weeks for the germs to reach a level where they can be accurately assessed using blood tests or other testing.
Patients who have engaged in risky sex or who simply want to be tested should call the office to inquire about optimal scheduling.
If you believe you might have an STD, call Optimus Medical Group Inc today or schedule your appointment online.