STI & STD Testing in Chicago
Receiving a screening for a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or a sexually transmitted infection (STI) is an important step for a sexually active person to take in order to protect themselves and their partner. In many cases, those infected with a sexually transmitted disease may not even know because they aren’t showing symptoms. If left untreated, STDs and STIs can be spread to others and may even lead to infertility. The highly trained OBGYNs at Women First Specialists have extensive experience diagnosing and treating patients for STIs and STDs. Call (773) 792-0209 to schedule an appointment at our office in Chicago, IL today!
When to Get Tested
Getting tested for each type of STD or STI during your annual visit is expensive and not necessary in most cases. Patients should speak with their doctor about their specific risk factors and lifestyle so that they can determine which tests are right for them. Most patients will elect for testing of more common infections, such as chlamydia or gonorrhea, though more comprehensive tests may be ordered by your gynecologist if needed.
It is recommended that you undergo an STD screening if:
You have a new sexual partner. Everyone who is sexually active should receive an STI/STD screening at some point, and this is especially true if you are engaged in sexual relations with a new person.
You are having unprotected sex. Not wearing protection increases your risk. Because of this, it is recommended that you receive a screening If you’re having unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex.
You are engaging in high-risk behavior. If you or your partner have multiple partners, are an IV drug user or have had contact with a sex worker, it is strongly advised that you receive more frequent screenings for sexually transmitted diseases and infections.
You are exhibiting symptoms. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, it is always best to have it examined by your physician to determine the cause.
Common STI & STD Symptoms
It isn’t always obvious when you have an STD. Symptoms can be minor or even nonexistent in some cases. Visit Women First Specialists if you are experiencing:
- Painful urination
- Frequent urination
- Pain during intercourse
- Blisters or sores on genitals and/or anus
- Itchy or irritated genital area
- Unusual discharge
- Fever / flu-like symptoms
Treatment for STIs and STDs
If results determine that you have an STI or STD, the type of issue it is will determine how it is treated. These diseases and infections are broken down into three categories:
Bacterial: Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are all examples of STIs and STDs caused by bacteria. These issues can be treated with antibiotics and should go away after the antibiotic treatment is completed.
Parasitic: STIs or STDs that are caused by parasites like Trichomonas Vaginalis can be cured using antibiotics, antiparasitic drugs, or prescription shampoos.
Viral: Sexually transmitted diseases or infections caused by a virus cannot be cured completely, but they can be managed. The most common types are HPV, genital herpes, hepatitis B, and HIV.