Beth and Howard Braver, MD
Internal Medicine located in Aventura, FL & Hollywood, FL
Nearly 20 million new STDs occur each year in the United States. Learn how to protect yourself and get comprehensive STD testing and expert treatment at the practice of Beth and Howard Braver, MD, in Aventura and Hollywood, Florida. Many STDs are treatable with medication. Even if you don’t have symptoms of an STD, you should get tested if you’re sexually active. Contact the Beth and Howard Braver, MD, office closest to you to schedule STD testing by phone or request an appointment online today.
What’s an STD?
A sexually transmitted disease (STD), or sexually transmitted infection (STI), is any disease that’s primarily spread through oral, vaginal, or anal sexual contact. STDs are very common and some are easily treated, while others have no cure. In the United States, the most common STD is the human papillomavirus (HPV), followed by chlamydia and gonorrhea.
Fortunately, you can take steps to prevent STDs and obtain effective treatment at the practice of Beth and Howard Braver, MD.
When should I get tested for STDs?
STD testing is important for anyone who is sexually active. Whether you’ve had one sexual partner or several, you could have an STD and not even know it since some STDs don’t have immediate symptoms. It’s especially important to make an appointment for STD testing if you’ve had unprotected sex with one or more partners, making yourself susceptible to contracting one of the many common STIs.
When you get tested for STIs, you can get the treatment you need before the infection leads to reproductive problems or irreversible health consequences.
What types of STD tests do I need?
The types of STD tests you need depend on several factors, including your age, symptoms, and any potential risk factors. The experienced medical team at Beth and Howard Braver, MD, may recommend tests for any of the following common STDs:
- Genital herpes
- HPV (genital warts)
- Hepatitis B and C
There’s no definitive STD test for HPV, but women can get a Pap smear to detect abnormal HPV cells that could lead to cervical cancer if left untreated. Early STD testing and diagnosis means early intervention and effective treatment options before a condition becomes life threatening.
What are common STD symptoms?
Each STI comes with its own set of symptoms, or none at all. Common signs that you may have an STD include:
- Itching and irritation on and around the genitals
- Sores or bumps on the genitals
- Painful urination
- Frequent urination
- Flu-like symptoms
- Vaginal or penile discharge
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Mouth sores
- Strong genital odor
If you have any of these symptoms or you think you may have an STD, stop having sex until you get tested so you don’t spread the infection to your partner.
For comprehensive STD testing and treatment options, call the office, walk in, or request an appointment online today.