STD Testing

Julia Raber, MD

Gynecologist located in New Hyde Park, NY

Every year, more than 20 million people in the United States find out they have a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Although many people have noticeable symptoms, it is possible to carry an STD — and pass it along — without showing any signs of infection. While most STDs can be cured or managed, untreated infections can lead to serious health complications. Board-certified gynecologist Dr. Julia Raber in New Hyde Park, NY, provides comprehensive STD testing for patients in Long Island and the greater New York City area. Call or book your appointment online today.

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STD Testing Q & A

Why should I be screened for STDs?

If you are sexually active — even if you are in a long-term relationship with just one person — you should consider being tested regularly for STDs. Since it is possible for some STDs to lay dormant for long periods of time, either you or your partner could be carrying an infection without knowing it.

Regular STD screenings are simply part of a good preventive health care plan. If you have an STD you did not know about, regular testing allows you to treat the infection as quickly as possible to prevent further complications. It is also important to find out if you have an STD so you can prevent spreading it to others.

After performing a pelvic exam and going over your medical history, Dr. Raber can recommend how often you should be tested, and which tests should be performed.

What are the most common STDs?

STDs can be bacterial, viral, or parasitic infections. While anyone who is sexually active is at risk of contracting an STD, approximately half of all new infections occur in adolescents and young adults. The most widespread STDs are:

  • Chlamydia and gonorrhea: The most frequently diagnosed STDs in the United States, chlamydia and gonorrhea present much like a mild urinary tract infection. If you don’t detect and treat these STDs quickly, they can lead to chronic pelvic pain, ectopic pregnancies, and eventually, infertility.
  • Syphilis: This STD causes the development of painless sores called chancres. You may see rash-like spots on your feet or hands, or small flat warts on your genitals. Syphilis can also cause flu-like symptoms. Left untreated, it can lead to a variety of serious health issues, including heart problems and nerve damage.
  • Genital Herpes: Caused by the herpes simplex virus, genital herpes typically results in painful sores around your genitals or anus. Because this STD isn’t always symptomatic, however, it is possible to carry and transmit the infection without knowing it. It is estimated that one in six adults has herpes.

Aside from offering screenings for these common STDs, Dr. Raber can also test for hepatitis B and C, trichomoniasis, and HIV/AIDS, among others.

Why is it important to test for HPV?

HPV is a widespread virus that infects both males and females. It is estimated that 50% of new infections occur in people 15 to 24 years old. Exposure to the virus can happen with any kind of genital contact with someone who has HPV – intercourse is not necessary, but it is the most common way to get the virus.

To learn more about HPV or STD testing in general, call Dr. Raber’s New Hyde Park office or book your appointment online today.