STD Screening in Cincinnati, OH
All adults who are sexually active should be receiving regular STD screening. While exclusive relationships and safe sex are always highly recommended and do reduce your risks of contracting STDs, it is still possible to contract certain sexually transmitted diseases. Regular yearly testing by board-certified gynecologists (OB-GYN) Drs. Chandra Gravely and Cindy Hansel at Crescent Women’s Medical Group is the best way for you and your partner to obtain the peace of mind of knowing that you are truly STD-free or properly treating any conditions you might have.
Do I Need STD Testing?
Any adult who has engaged in any act of sex with a partner without using a condom, female condom, dental dam or another physical barrier should immediately seek STD testing at our specialized facility. Contrary to popular belief, it is not necessary to have unsafe sexual intercourse to acquire an STD, as STDs may also be spread via the mouth or rectum.
If you are experiencing any type of suspicious symptom, you should definitely be tested. Among the most common symptoms of STDs are sores on the genital organs, vaginal discharge, and itching and burning during urination. Keep in mind that some people may be infected and not exhibit any symptoms. In fact, many people don’t even know that they or their partner is infected because many STDs do not have outwardly visible symptoms. This is why regular exams and testing are so critically important.
Types of STD Tests
We offer a variety of full spectrum STD tests at our Cincinnati clinic, and you may require some guidance on what types of testing you should undergo. The types of sexually transmitted diseases that women should be routinely tested for vary according to age, sexual behavior and other risk factors. To schedule an STD test, simply request an appointment with our friendly staff if you are not typically screened for STDs during your annual Pap test.
Chlamydia & Gonorrhea
We recommend routine testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea if you meet the following criteria:
- You are under age 25 and are sexually active.
- You are over age 25 and are sexually active with multiple partners.
This STD test is done via a simple urine test or by swabbing the cervix. The sample is then analyzed in the laboratory to detect chlamydia or gonorrhea. Testing is extremely important, as many women don’t exhibit any symptoms of these infections.
Genital herpes is one of the most prevalent STDs among women. This viral infection is easily transmittable even when the carrier exhibits no signs or symptoms. Genital herpes may be detected by a blood test, but a tissue swab of blisters on the genital region will provide a more precise diagnosis. There are two different types of herpes and both exhibit similar symptoms. Test results may not accurately distinguish which type of HSV you are infected with, depending on the severity of the infection.
Syphilis, Hepatitis & HIV
Sexually active individuals between the ages of 13 and 64 should be tested for HIV at least once yearly. By testing early, the disease can be controlled in its beginning stages before it worsens and becomes dangerous. It is also recommended to be screened for syphilis, hepatitis and HIV when:
- You have engaged with new sexual partners since your last STD screening.
- You are a user of IV drugs or medications.
- You have previously tested positive for gonorrhea or chlamydia, which increases your risk for developing other STDs.
HPV is the most common STD among U.S. adults and some strains of the virus can lead to cervical cancer if not detected early. Other strains of this viral infection may cause genital warts. To screen for HPV, it is highly recommended that women receive an annual Pap test that checks the cervix for abnormal or pre-cancerous cells. An HPV test may be offered to women over 30 years of age.
If you test positive for any STD, our doctors will thoroughly go over your treatment options. Your partners should also be informed, as they should also be tested and treated if infected. Our facility offers screening and treatment for both men and women.
What Conditions Are Considered STDs?
There are many infections that fall under the category of STDs, and some have become so prevalent that you may have heard their names, but not necessarily know their symptoms. Syphilis, gonorrhea, and HIV are probably the most commonly mentioned STDs while genital herpes and genital warts (human papillomavirus [HPV]) are two that often exhibit noticeable symptoms. Others, like Chlamydia and Hepatitis B, may be silently lurking in some patients posing no visible threat until they reach an advanced state and cause serious complications.
All STDs can cause health problems and gynecologic issues that should be identified and treated immediately. At Crescent Women’s Medical Group, we offer confidential STD testing for the residents of Cincinnati, Blue Ash and the surrounding communities of Ohio in the privacy of our office. Contact us today if you are in need of STD testing.