Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Marietta and Powder Springs, GA

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

About Sexually Transmitted Diseases

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 20% of Americans have a sexually transmitted disease (STD) at any given time. That’s one of every five people. For screening, treatment, or advice on preventing sexually transmitted infections, turn to the Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates team. The practice has convenient offices in Marietta and Powder Springs, Georgia. Call the nearest Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates office today or schedule your appointment online through this website.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Q&A

What are sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?

An STD, also called a sexually transmitted infection (STI), is a virus, bacteria, fungus, or parasite transmitted from one person to another during vaginal, oral, or anal sex. Many don’t initially cause severe symptoms. The most common STDs are:

  • Syphilis
  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia
  • Hepatitis
  • Pubic lice
  • Herpes
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)

STDs can also spread through blood transfusions, breastfeeding, and sharing drug needles.

What are the symptoms of STDs?

STDs can cause a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Bumps or sores on the genitals or anus
  • Painful sex
  • Unusual or odorous penis or vaginal discharge
  • Burning during urination
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Genital or anal warts
  • Fever
  • Sore or blisters around or inside the mouth
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding
  • Rash on the feet, hands, or trunk of the body
  • Cervical or rectal cancer
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Infertility

STD screening is always vital if you’re sexually active, even if you feel fine. STDs don’t always cause symptoms, so talk to the Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates team if you’re at risk of infection.

Am I a candidate for STD screening?

If you’re actively engaging in sexual intercourse, you’re a candidate for STD screening. Let the Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates team know if you develop symptoms or have unprotected sex with a new partner.

Other risk factors include having several sexual partners or a history of STDs and using alcohol or recreational drugs.

Statistically, you’re more at risk if you’re a younger adult, and it can be difficult to broach topics like STD care with a provider if you haven’t had to discuss it before. Don’t worry. The Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates team provides compassionate, nonjudgmental care; their first priority is protecting your health and well-being.

How are STDs treated and prevented?

If you have an STD caused by a parasite or bacteria, the Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates team can prescribe antibiotics to clear the infection.

STDs caused by viruses don’t have a cure. However, you can manage your symptoms with medication and lower the likelihood of spreading the infection to others.

Condoms don’t eliminate your risk for STDs, but they do lower it. You can also get vaccines to prevent hepatitis B and HPV.

Protect yourself, your partners, and your peace of mind. Book your appointment today online or call to learn more about personalized care for STDs.