STD Testing Specialist

Mian OB/GYN & Associates

Rafiq Mian, MD

OB/GYN located in Silver Spring, MD

Any woman who has been sexually active needs to have regular STD testing. Dr. Rafiq Mian at Mian OB/GYN & Associates: Rafiq Mian in Silver Spring, Maryland, can perform the necessary tests and is ready to help if patients need treatment for an STD.

STD Testing Q & A

What Is an STD?

A sexually transmitted disease (STD) is transmitted during sex, or in some situations, through the use of IV drugs. While less common, an STD can also be passed to a baby during childbirth or during breast-feeding.

What Are the Most Common STDs?

The most common sexually transmitted diseases today include HIV, syphilis, chlamydia, hepatitis C, herpes, and gonorrhea.

Is it Possible to Have More Than One Sexually Transmitted Disease at a Time?

Yes, it is entirely possible to have more than one STD at a time. Because women often have multiple STDs, testing is often done in panels to test for several STDs at one time. Typically, 10 common sexually transmitted diseases are tested for during this type of panel.

What Are Some Common Indicators of a Sexually Transmitted Disease?

The indicators of a sexually transmitted disease can vary based on the disease and the individual. While some STDs don't result in symptoms, most STDs have symptoms such as pain during urination, painful sexual intercourse, increased spotting between periods, stomach pain, and pelvic pain. A number of other symptoms are possible, including visible changes to the genitals. The doctor can check for signs of sexually transmitted diseases during a well-woman exam or during a Pap smear.

How Often Should STD Testing Be Done?

People who are sexually active should have STD testing done on a regular basis, even if they practice safer sex, but the exact schedule will depend on the doctor's recommendation. People who think that they have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease, even if there is a small chance of exposure and they experience no symptoms, should seek testing as soon as possible. The sooner that people become aware of the presence of an STD, the sooner they can get effective treatment and protect their reproductive health.

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