Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD's)
We receive many questions from concerned women and men who would like for us to tell them whether or not they have a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Unfortunately, this is not something we can do by having a conversation- no matter how carefully callers may describe their symptoms. Diagnosis of a sexually transmitted infection requires laboratory testing and/or physical examination. Our physician at West Alabama Women’s Center provides exams and testing for sexually transmitted diseases and infections. Call 1-800-616-2383 or 205-556-2026 to schedule an appointment. Your family physician, Ob-Gyn physician or local health department can also provide testing.
In the meantime, here is some general information about sexually transmitted diseases and ways to protect yourself. There are more than 30 kinds of sexually transmitted infections. They are transmitted in different ways. Sexual intercourse is the highest risk activity for all types of STD’s. But some infections, such as herpes and hepatitis for example, can be passed through kissing. That is why no form of intimate contact is entirely risk free – from kissing and petting to oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse. Although we cannot tell you the exact percentage of risk for any form of sex play, we do know that most serious infections, such as HIV/AIDS, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are usually transmitted during unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse.
Consent for STD Testing
Pelvic examinations will reveal certain findings on the day of the visit. Common vaginal infections can be seen with the assistance of a microscope. These are: *Monilla (yeast) *Trichomoniasis *Bacterial Vaginosis
If any symptoms are present, or if the physician determines that any of these conditions exist, you will be given a prescription for medications that are not included in the price of the procedure. Other findings require specific tests to diagnosis them. These are:
chlamydia – diagnosed with swab specimen from the cervix
gonorrhea – diagnosed with swab specimen from the cervix
syphilis – diagnosed with a blood test, drawn from the arm
HIV – diagnosed with a blood test is recommended
Chlamydia and gonorrhea testing is recommended for the following factors
IUD users, or prior to IUD insertion.
Multiple sex partners, or change of sex partners since last exam.
History of gonorrhea or PID in the previous year, or possibility of recent exposure.
Symptoms suggestive of pelvic infection, or in the presence of other sexually transmitted diseases causing cervical or vaginal inflammation.
A blood test for syphilis is recommended for the following risk factors
Possible exposure, or suspicion of syphilis infection.
History of a previously positive blood test for syphilis with incomplete or unknown treatment.
Anyone with a positive test for chlamydia or gonorrhea.
Anyone with a primary, or previously undiagnosed infection of genital herpes or condyloma.
Any suspicious ulcers or rashes.
The physician will order the blood tests.
Get More Information
Can't find what you're looking for? Please feel free to Contact us at anytime at 1-800-616-2383 or 205-556-2026
© Copyright 2010 West Alabama Women’s Center. All Rights Reserved.