Hawaii Women's Healthcare
Obstetrics & Gynecology & Aesthetic Specialists located in Honolulu, HI
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) may sound scary, but they are common infections that are carried from one person to the other through intimate sexual contact. Some STDs don’t have symptoms so it’s important to get tested. The doctors and professional staff at Hawaii Women's Healthcare, located in Honolulu, can help. Book an appointment today.
STD Testing Q & A
What are sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?
STDs is the term used for a group of common infections known as sexually transmitted diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 20 million new cases of STDs are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.
Some of the better-known STDs are syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. STDs are primarily spread through heavy petting and sexual contact with the vagina, mouth, and anus. The only absolute method to prevent STDs is abstaining from sex. If you are sexually active, you may wish to be tested since some STDs don’t have any symptoms.
Behavioral factors that may put you at risk for STDs include:
- Having unprotected sex with a new partner or multiple partners
- Being a man having sex with other men
- Having been raped
- Having human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
Can STDs be treated?
Yes. All STDs can be treated with medications. Depending on the type you have it’s possible to completely cure an STD. Sexually transmitted diseases are generally treated by one of two categories of medicine:
Antivirals can lessen the occurrence of outbreaks; however, you can still spread the infection to your sexual partner.
Antibiotics are effective in curing many STDs, such as syphilis, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, and chlamydia. The key to successful treatment with antibiotics is to take the medicine as directed by your doctor.
While taking your medication you should also abstain from sex until you've completed your treatment.
Should I be tested for STDs?
The topic of STDs may be embarrassing and scary regardless of your age. However, knowing the risks and whether you are infected can save your life, your partner’s life and even the life of your baby if you are pregnant.
Generally, STD screenings are not added to other gynecologic screenings like a Pap smear. However, many doctors will run an STD screening at the first prenatal visit. If you are pregnant and have an STD your doctor can safely treat you during your pregnancy.
If you are sexually active, regardless of whether you are pregnant or not, knowing whether you have an STD is important. Early detection and treatment is key.
The doctors at Hawaii Women's Healthcare, located in Honolulu, can perform a full panel of testing for STDs and STIs. If you have concerns or want to learn more, make an appointment. Book online or call today.