Irving Coppell Primary Care and Pediatrics
Family Practice Physicians located in Irving, TX
If you have unusual symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease (STD), or are at risk of contracting one, turn to Irving Coppell Primary Care and Pediatrics in Irving, Texas. Vijayalakshmi Raghu, MD, Raghu Turebylu, MD, and the team offer STD screenings and treatments to diminish symptoms and reduce the risk of spreading STDs to other people. Call the office to schedule a screening, or schedule an appointment online today.
STD Screenings Q & A
What are STD screenings?
STD screenings are diagnostic tests that screen for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), which are diseases spread via sexual contact with an infected person. Common STD screening tests include tissue swabs, urine tests, and blood testing.
What are examples of STDs?
Examples of STDs include:
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
While some STDs are curable, you can manage others with treatments to reduce symptoms and the chance of spreading an STD to a sexual partner.
Who is a candidate for STD screenings?
If you’re at risk of contracting an STD or have symptoms of one, schedule STD screenings at Irving Coppell Primary Care and Pediatrics. Symptoms of an STD include:
- Genital or anal warts, sores, or blisters
- Pelvic pain
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Unusual vaginal or penis discharge
- Pain with urination Unusual vaginal bleeding Infertility
Women may also develop cervical cancer due to untreated STDs.
Risk factors for contracting an STD include sexual contact with an infected partner, including anal, vaginal, and oral sex. Having more than one sexual partner is also a risk factor.
What should I expect during STD screenings?
During STD appointments at Irving Coppell Primary Care and Pediatrics, your provider discusses your medical history, symptoms, lifestyle habits, and risk factors. They check your vital signs, complete a physical exam (including a pelvic exam in women if necessary), and view any symptoms you may have.
When it’s time for STD screening, your provider may obtain a sample of your urine or blood or swab-specific tissues to screen for signs of a problem.
What happens after STD screenings?
After the Irving Coppell Primary Care and Pediatrics team receives the results of STD screenings, they review them with you.
If you test positive for an STD, your provider might recommend taking antibiotics or antiretroviral medicines. It’s also important to avoid sexual intercourse during the treatment and have your partner get tested. If you have an incurable STD, it’s important to properly manage the disease and take precautions to avoid spreading it to others.
If you have a complication associated with an STD, such as cancer or infertility, you might need additional treatments. Your Irving Coppell Primary Care and Pediatrics provider follows up with you and provides additional STD screenings to ensure your treatment works effectively.
To schedule STD screenings at Irving Coppell Primary Care and Pediatrics, call the office or use the online booking tool today.
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