If you’re sexually active, hopefully you’re being safe by using protection and getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) on a regular basis by your Des Moines gynecologist.
Because STD’s are quite common – and because they can go undetected – testing is very important, especially if you have multiple sexual partners. This is true even if you use condoms every time you have intercourse.
The type and frequency of your STD testing will be determined by Dr. Valone, your Des Moines ObGyn, after he meets with you and asks you a series of questions to ascertain any risk factors you may have. Some risk factors he’ll consider include if you’re having sex with a new partner or with multiple partners.
Some of the most common types of STD’s include:
- Chlamydia (a common STD caused by bacteria that can cause permanent damage to a woman’s reproductive organs)
- Gonorrhea (can be found in anyone who is sexually active and can impact a woman’ ability to have children if not treated)
- HIV (a permanent virus that can lead to AIDS; once you have it, it’s for life)
- Syphilis (a bacterial infection typically contracted through sexual contact which starts as a painless sore on the genitals mouth or rectum)
- Hepatitis (transmitted primarily by exposure to blood which contains the hepatitis c virus, usually through semen)
- Genital Herpes (common sexually transmitted infection affecting both women and men that includes pain, itching and sores in the genital area).
Screening for most STD’s is done by your Des Moines gynecologist through a urine test, a swab from the cervix, a blood sample or a swab from any genital sores you may have. The samples are then analyzed in a lab and reviewed for any abnormalities.
Your Des Moines gynecologist, encourages HIV testing – at least one time – for anyone between the ages of 13 and 64 and annually for those at higher risk.
Your Des Moines gynecologist Dr. Valone is one of the first physicians to offer one-swab testing, a new technology that has been developed to test for multiple organisms with a single specimen. With a single cotton swab specimen from the cervix/vagina, the lab can check for every known organism that can cause a vaginal infection.
We want to be your Des Moines gynecologist; call our office today at (515) 225-7201 to set up an appointment or to talk to any of our highly qualified staff members. We look forward to serving you.
Thank you for trusting us with your care!