STD Testing Specialist

Ridgepark Family Practice, Inc.

Diane M Kushnar, DO

Board Certified Family Medicine Physician located in Parma, OH

If you’re sexually active, you could pick up an STD (sexually transmitted disease), which could lead to serious complications, including infertility, cancer, and possibly death. You can avoid the problems associated with STDs by calling Diane Kushnar, DO, at Ridgepark Family Practice, Inc. in Parma, Ohio. Dr. Kushnar provides STD testing and effective treatments, helping you recover and prevent spreading the infection. Call Ridgepark Family Practice, Inc. today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.

STD Testing Q & A

What is STD testing?

STD testing is a confidential service provided by Ridgepark Family Practice, Inc. to screen you for certain diseases. An STD is a sexually transmitted disease, an infection you catch from your partner when you’re sexually intimate. STDs include:

  • Chlamydia
  • Genital herpes
  • Gonorrhea 
  • Hepatitis 
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Syphilis

STDs can cause significant long-term health problems, including infertility and cancer. In some cases, STDs can be life-threatening. STD testing ensures you receive the appropriate treatment for any infections you may have. It also helps prevent infections from spreading.

When should I go for STD testing?

If you develop certain symptoms, they could indicate you have an STD, in which case STD testing can identify the infection. Symptoms typically affect the genitals and groin area, for example:

  • Sores
  • Warts
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Rashes
  • Itching
  • Discharge
  • Bleeding

You might experience pain when you urinate, or during sex. You might also have symptoms that are less obviously related to an STD, such as a fever, aches and pains, sweating, unintended weight loss, and jaundice.

Do STDs always cause symptoms?

Some STDs don’t cause any symptoms at all, so you could have one and never know unless you undergo STD testing. You could also be passing them on to your sexual partners. Using condoms every time you have sex does provide protection against STDs, but it doesn’t guarantee you won’t get infected.

If you’re having sex and you aren’t in a committed, monogamous relationship, you should go to Ridgepark Family Practice, Inc. for annual STD testing. If you’ve had unprotected sex, multiple partners, or engage in other high-risk activities, you should go for STD testing more often.

What does STD testing involve?

STD testing is a quick and simple process, and you can be sure of complete confidentiality at Ridgepark Family Practice, Inc.

There are several STD testing methods, so you might need to give different samples. These could include blood, urine, samples of any discharge you have, and cell samples from sores or skin lesions.

These samples undergo testing to identify any infection, then Dr. Kushnar can prescribe the appropriate treatment for you. Some STDs are curable, and all are treatable, but there are several STDs for which there’s no cure. To protect yourself from the long-term complications of having STDs, always practice safe sex, and go to see Dr. Kushnar regularly for STD testing.

To arrange an STD test, call Ridgepark Family Practice, Inc. today, or book an appointment online.