Going to a doctor for STD testing and treatment isn’t something anyone looks forward to, but Troy Taylor, AGPCNP-C, and the compassionate team at Oasis Healthcare Service, Inc., which has two locations in Covington and Stone Mountain, Georgia, make STD testing feel as comfortable as possible. If you think you might have symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease, get the care you need as soon as you need it. Call the nearest office to schedule an appointment or book an appointment online today.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) result from sexual contact with another person. These diseases are acquired via bodily fluids in semen, blood, and vaginal secretions.
These infections can also be transmitted in non-sexual ways, through sharing needles or blood transfusions, or from mother to infant during pregnancy or childbirth.
STDs don’t always present symptoms, which is why it’s important to get tested regularly if you’re sexually active. This also means that it’s possible to contract an STD from otherwise healthy individuals. Some people may not even know that they’re infected.
STD symptoms may include:
Depending on the disease, it could be days or years before symptoms show. No matter what, STD treatment should be obtained immediately if you think you've been exposed.
There can be several causes for STDs, such as:
STDs like Giardia intestinalis, shigella, and hepatitis A, B, and C can all be spread through non-sexual contact.
Your Oasis Healthcare Service provider asks you targeted questions about any symptoms you may have, as well as about your sexual history. While not generally pleasant, these questions will help them identify any infections you may have contracted and get you on your way to feeling better as soon as possible.
STD tests may include blood tests, urine tests, or fluid testing from active genital sores.
Your Oasis Healthcare Service, Inc. provider plays a pivotal role in STD treatment. After asking the necessary questions and performing the requisite tests, they can prescribe medication to help alleviate your symptoms. You should also notify any sexual partners you've had immediately.
STD treatment may include antibiotics, which will cure diseases like syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis. Antiviral drugs may be prescribed in the presence of herpes or HIV.
If you suspect you may have been exposed to an STD, call Oasis Healthcare Service, Inc. or book an appointment online today.