STD Testing Specialist

DROBG

OB-GYNs & Cosmetic Gynecologists located in Encino, CA & Van Nuys, CA

STDs often cause few symptoms in their early stages, and having regular screening is important for ensuring they're diagnosed and treated as early as possible. At practice, Dr. Eshaghian serves patients in and around Encino and Van Nuys, California including Tarzana, Sherman Oaks, Woodland Hills, and Studio City, California, using state-of-the-art approaches to diagnose and treat sexually-transmitted diseases to help every patient enjoy optimal health.

STD Testing Q & A

How Can I Tell if I Have a Sexually-Transmitted Disease?

Different types of sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) can cause different symptoms, and generally speaking, any type of change or abnormality in or near your genital area should be evaluated in our office. Generally speaking, some relatively common signs of STDs include:

  • Itching, burning, or pain in or around the vagina or vulva
  • Sores, bumps, swelling, or redness around the vagina, vulva, anus, or mouth
  • Pain when urinating or problems urinating
  • Discharge from the vagina
  • Pain in the lower belly, often accompanied by fever
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding, including spotting between periods

Some STDs cause less noticeable symptoms until they have progressed to more advanced stages, which is why it's important to be screened for STDs on a routine basis.

What Kinds of STDs Are There?

There are many types of STDs. Some of the most common infections include HPV (human papillomavirus, which can cause genital warts), gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, herpes, and HIV/AIDS.

How Can I Tell if I Need to be Screened for STDs?

The U.S. Department of Health advises sexually-active adults to be screened every year, or every three to six months if they engage in risky behaviors like having multiple partners or having unprotected sex, including oral sex. Undergoing routine screening is the best way to identify diseases early so they can be treated as quickly as possible before they have a chance to cause more significant symptoms or to be spread to other people.

How is STD Testing Performed?

Testing begins with an examination of the area to look for symptoms like bumps or swelling, as well as a review of any symptoms you may be having. Blood tests, urine tests, and pelvic exams may also be performed.

How Are STDs Treated?

That depends on the type of STD that is present. Many sexually-transmitted diseases respond very well to antibiotics, especially when the disease is caught early. Some diseases like genital herpes and HPV cannot be cured and must be managed to prevent flare-ups and control symptoms. Even when a disease cannot be completely cured, there are many methods for controlling symptoms that enable women to enjoy normal, satisfying relationships.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At DROBG, we accept most major insurance plans. We accept all EPO/PPO plans and most HMO plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross
Beech Street
BlueCross BlueShield
Care First BCBS
ChoiceCare
Cigna
Empire
Family PACT
Health Net
HighMark
Independence Blue Cross
LA Care
Medi-Cal
Medicare
Memorial Hermann