It’s estimated that more than 20 million people in the United States contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD) each year. If you have concerns about STDs and want to get tested, the team at FemGYN located in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, New York, can help. The team provides confidential and nonjudgmental care to all the women who come in for treatment.

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What are STDs?

STDs are infections transmitted through sexual contact, including vaginal, anal, or oral sex. The infections may be caused by a bacteria, parasite, fungus, or virus.

Common STDs that affect women include:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) and genital warts
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Syphilis
  • Genital herpes 
  • Hepatitis B andHepatitis C
  • Trichomoniasis

How do I know if I have an STD?

Most STDs don’t cause symptoms, and the only way to know if you have an STD is to get tested. However, if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should come to FemGYN for an examination and testing.

Symptoms include:

  • Vaginal pain or burning
  • Genital warts or sores
  • Painful intercourse
  • Fever, nausea, or vomiting

If you’re sexually active and haven’t been tested for STDs, now is the time. Getting tested and starting treatment early may help prevent any long-term consequences.

What type of test would I need to check for STDs?

The type of test you need for STDs depends on your sexual history and your symptoms if you’re experiencing any. Your specialist at FemGYN can check for any STD through a blood, urine, or tissue test. FemGYN doesn’t offer the rapid HIV test.

What happens if my test comes back positive?

If your test comes back positive, your specialist at FemGYN can provide treatment and counseling. It’s important to know that not all STDs can be cured. If your STD is bacterial or parasitic, an antibiotic can usually clear up the infection and prevent complications.