STI Testing Specialist

Aventura OBGYN Associates

OB-GYNs located in Miami, FL & Hallandale, FL

Each year, over 20 million people develop a sexually transmitted infection (STI), and many don’t even realize they have it. At Aventura OB/GYN & Associates in Miami and Hallandale, Florida, the knowledgeable medical team is experienced in diagnosing and treating common STIs like genital warts, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis. The doctors offer discreet, confidential consultations that prioritize your health and the health of your sexual partner. To schedule an STI consultation, book an appointment online or by phone.

STI Testing Q & A

What are STIs?

Sexually transmitted infections (STI) are also known as sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and include a range of diseases spread through sexual contact, including vaginal sex, oral sex, and anal sex.

The infection may be the result of a bacteria, virus, or parasite that enters your body. There are various types of STIs, and each has their own related symptoms.

Common STIs include:

  • Herpes
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)

What are the risks for STIs?

As part of your overall health plan, you should receive regular STI screenings as your doctor recommends based on your sexual activity and number of sexual partners.

Untreated STIs can result in severe health conditions, including:

  • Infertility
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Chronic infections
  • Organ damage
  • Increased risk for cancer

In some cases, untreated STIs can have life-threatening consequences.

How are STIs diagnosed?

Your doctor first performs a pelvic exam to identify visible symptoms of STIs, including genital warts, rashes, or discharge. They may also request a urine or blood sample, which is sent for further testing to identify infections and other abnormalities.

It’s vital that you discuss your sex life openly and honestly with your doctor, who can then recommend the right timeline for STI screenings. If you’re pregnant, STI screenings are a part of your prenatal care.

A Pap test identifies abnormal cervical cells and doesn’t screen for STIs. If you have concerns about your risk of infection, be sure to let your doctor know as soon as possible.

What treatments are available for STIs?

If you have a bacterial or parasitic STI, you can successfully treat it with antibiotic medications. Examples of bacterial infections include:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease

A common parasitic infection known as trichomoniasis is treatable with anti-parasitic and antibiotic medications. If your doctor prescribes antibiotics, it’s vital that you take the full course of medications to ensure the infection goes away.

Examples of viral infections include:

  • HPV
  • HIV
  • Herpes
  • Hepatitis B

There is no cure for viral infections, but with the right medications, you and your doctor can effectively manage your condition.

For confidential STI screenings and STI management options, schedule an appointment online or by calling the office directly.

Our Insurance Policy:

Aventura OBGYN Associates and Play Safe Medical Center are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality, cost effective medical care. We accept all major credit cards and offer payment installments. We accept nearly all major insurance plans including:

Aetna
AvMed
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
Coventry
Humana
Medicare
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