Every year, more than 20 million Americans are diagnosed with an STD. While most STDs don’t cause noticeable symptoms in their early stages, many can have a determinate effect on your reproductive health.
At Urology of Greater Atlanta, our team of board-certified urologists offers comprehensive STD screening and treatments to heal or manage your condition.
If you’re concerned about STDs, call our practice or schedule a consultation online today! We have many locations throughout Georgia for your convenience.
What Are STDs?
STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) are viral, bacterial, and parasitic infections that are spread through sexual contact. While it’s most common to pick up STDs through penetrative intercourse, you can also get some diseases through oral sex or skin-to-skin contact.
Some of the most prevalent STDs include:
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Most STDs don’t cause symptoms in their early stages, so it’s essential to get tested if you think you’ve been exposed to an STD or if you have unprotected sex.
If you have symptoms such as painful urination, growths, discoloration on your near your genitals, or foul-smelling urine or semen, schedule an STD screening immediately.
What Happens During STD Screening?
During an STD screening, your doctor also talks to you about your sex life, risk levels, and how to protect yourself from STDs. You can ask questions about your condition and treatment options during your consultation.
The physicians at Urology of Greater Atlanta offer comprehensive STD screening services. They use blood tests, urinalysis, and genital swabs to collect samples.
How Are STDs Treated?
When it comes to treating sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), various treatments are available depending on the type and severity of the infection.
Bacterial STDs (such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and trichomoniasis) can usually be treated with antibiotics.
Viral STDs (such as HIV, genital herpes, genital warts, and hepatitis B) are generally not curable, but they can be managed with medications designed to reduce symptoms and minimize outbreaks.
A range of other treatments, including topical creams or ointments, may also be recommended for both bacterial and viral infections. In most cases, our doctors at Urology of Greater Atlanta can prescribe medication to clear up an STD.
If you have more than one STD, we can often treat all infections simultaneously. The team at Urology of Greater Atlanta can help you manage your condition and protect your health. Our specialists can prescribe medicine to prevent flare-ups and support healthy immune system function.
Ultimately, you’re better off taking precautions to prevent STDs. You should always use a barrier method of contraception, such as a condom, especially with new partners.
You should only stop using a condom after you and your partner have both been tested for STDs and agree to monogamy.
Learn More About STDs Today
If you’re concerned about STDs, call Urology of Greater Atlanta or make an appointment online today. Our highly-trained specialists are ready to give you the discrete help you’re looking for. Contact one of our convenient locations in Georgia now!
Our urologist team operates out of several offices and a surgical center to serve the needs of all Northern Georgia residents.