Buffalo Women Services
Obstetrics Gynecology & Abortion located in Buffalo, NY
If you’re sexually active and at risk of contracting an STD, routine STD testing is available at Buffalo Women Services in Buffalo, New York. Board-certified OB/GYN Katharine Morrison, MD, can diagnose and treat numerous STDs, important to avoid serious complications. Schedule STD testing over the phone or online today.
STD Testing Q&A
What is STD testing?
STDs, or sexually transmitted diseases, are infections you can contract from having sex. STD testing can involve a blood test, urine test, or culture swab to enable the correct diagnosis and treatment of STDs.
STD tests are fast and painless, and are necessary in order to get treatment and reduce your risk of developing any serious complications.
What are the symptoms of STDs?
Some common STDs include chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, human papillomavirus (HPV), genital warts, syphilis, hepatitis, and HIV. You might not experience any symptoms if you have an STD. In other cases, you may notice:
- Bumps or sores in your genital area
- Unusual vaginal discharge
- Burning or painful urination
- Pelvic pain
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
- Swollen lymph nodes
- A rash or fever
At the first sign of an STD or if you’re at risk of contracting one, see the team at Buffalo Women Services for STD testing.
What are the risk factors for STDs?
Having unprotected sex! Protect yourself – use condoms or dental dams! Having unprotected sex can increase your risk of developing or passing an STD. Having sexual contact with more than one partner, a history of STDs, and misusing recreational drugs or alcohol can also put you at risk of contracting STDs.
What happens during STD testing?
During STD testing at Buffalo Women Services, Dr. Morrison reviews your lifestyle, sexual history, and any symptoms you have. She also completes a physical examination, including a pelvic exam.
Dr. Morrison might recommend you undergo blood tests, urine tests, tissue swabs, a Pap test, or multiple diagnostic testing procedures to find out which STD you may have.
What are my STD treatment options?
If you test positive for an STD, Dr. Morrison will recommend medication. She can prescribe antibiotics to treat STDs associated with parasites or bacteria or prescribe antiviral medications for STDs caused by viruses.
To reduce your risk of contracting an STD, protect yourself with condoms or dental dams.
If you’re sexually active and at risk of contracting an STD, schedule STD testing with the experts at Buffalo Women Services by phone or online today.