At Family Medicine of Boca Raton, William Mazzei, MD, and Vanessa Martin, ARNP, provide STD testing for residents who live in the Boca Raton, Florida, area. The team also offers treatment for many sexually transmitted diseases. To take control of your sexual health, make an STD testing appointment at Family Medicine of Boca Raton by phone or online today.
A doctor can check for STDs in a variety of ways. A urine sample, blood draw, cheek swab, or Pap smear are all effective ways to determine if an STD is present. Because the tests are easy to perform, many doctors will recommend their patients be tested for STDs throughout the year, especially if they are sexually active, have multiple partners, or share needles.
Doctors will often remind their patients of how easy it is to spread certain types of STDs. Practicing unsafe sex and sharing needles are two of the most common ways STDs are transmitted. It is important for patients to recognize the symptoms of STDs and come in for testing if they begin to notice them.
STDs can exhibit a wide variety of signs and symptoms. Itching and rashes on the genitals are commonly reported. A foul-smelling discharge, open lesions, or small clusters of warts are also commonly noticed.
While these are the most common signs of STDs, there are others that include infertility, pain in the abdomen, cervical cancer, rashes on other areas of the body, and in cases like HIV/AIDS upper respiratory problems that may eventually turn fatal if not properly cared for. If a patient begins to notice any signs that they are not comfortable with or are unsure of what caused them, they should immediately pay a visit to their doctor.
STDs are treated much like any other type of infection. STDs that are bacterial in nature will be treated with one or more rounds of very potent antibiotics. STDs that are caused by viruses, on the other hand, cannot be cured, but the symptoms can be treated and brought under control as to not detract from a person's quality of life.
Vaccinations are available for the HPV virus to help control the spread of the disease and prevent young people from having to deal with the ramifications of the STD when they are older. Once an STD diagnosis is received, the doctor will talk to the patient to determine what type of treatment plan will work best for them.