STDs are infections transmitted from one partner to another during sexual activity, which includes oral sex and intercourse. There are many types of STDs, including:
The type of testing required for an STD depends on the type of infection. Some forms, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, require urine testing. Other types of STD may require a blood test. Depending on your symptoms and sexual activity, Dr. Polavarapu may:
The medical complications associated with STDs vary according to the type of infection. For example, when left untreated, chlamydia can lead to infertility in females, while HPV can cause cancer. Untreated syphilis can lead to:
Depending on the type of STD, symptoms vary greatly and may even be nonexistent until the infection has progressed. General symptoms may include:
Dr. Polavarapu will do a careful review of your history and symptoms before determining if you require STD testing. Generally, however, sexual activity and habits help determine the need for STD testing. It’s typically recommended, for example, that everyone have HIV testing at least once between the ages of 15-65, and younger if you’re sexually active at an earlier age.
Screening is recommended as frequently as every three months if you have new or multiple sexual partners or if your partner engages in sexual encounters with new or multiple partners. Testing may also be recommended if you are planning to become or are pregnant or use intravenous drugs.
At the office of HP Medical PC, we accept most major insurance plans. Please contact our office if you have any questions. It is the patient's responsibility to ensure eligibility. If you are a new patient and your insurance plan requires you to select a PCP, please do so before you come to the office. Dr. Polavarapu must be listed as your PCP in order to be seen. If you are participating in an Affordable Care Act Plan (aka Gold, Silver, etc), and have a deductible that has not been met, HP Medical PC policy requires you leave a $100 deposit. Should the insurance company remit the payment for your visit, the deposit will be refunded to you.
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