Progressive Womens Health, PLLC
Asia Mohsin, MD
OBGYN located in Friendswood, TX
Many STDs, including chlamydia and gonorrhea, can be symptomless. Because of that, it’s very important to get STD screenings on a regular basis so you can start treatment right away if you need it. At Progressive Womens Health in Friendswood, Texas, your supportive OB/GYN, Asia Mohsin, MD, can design the STD screening schedule best for you based on your lifestyle, age, and health. Book your STD test or treatment by phone or through the online booking tool today.
STD Testing Q & A
Do I need to have an STD test?
Yes, most adults need STD testing. If you’re sexually active, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you speak to your doctor about what type of STD screening you need. Dr. Mohsin may recommend the following test schedule, along with other tests based on your needs.
- Once: at least one HIV test between age 13-64 for everyone
- Annually: chlamydia and gonorrhea tests for all sexually active women under 25
- Annually: chlamydia and gonorrhea tests for women over 25 if risk factors like multiple partners are present
- During pregnancy: syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis B tests during all pregnancies, with chlamydia and gonorrhea tests for at-risk pregnant patients
Many different things can impact your STD testing schedule. For example, if you ever have unprotected sex or share needles, you may need STD screenings more frequently due to increased risk. Dr. Mohsin can create a screening plan that protects you in the best way possible.
What about HPV testing?
HPV is a very common sexually transmitted infection. Some kinds of HPV can lead to cervical and other cancers. Fortunately, early detection is possible and this can allow for prevention or prompt treatment of cervical cancer. Most women need Pap tests, and HPV tests are often combined with Paps.
The National Cervical Cancer Coalition recommends Pap testing beginning at 21 years old. At 30, the recommendation changes to Pap tests every three years, Pap and HPV tests together every five years, or HPV tests every five years based on your doctor’s recommendation.
What are the signs I may have an STD?
Often, there aren’t any signs of STDs, at least early on. Be sure to keep up with your regular wellness checkups and have your STD screenings on the schedule Dr. Mohsin recommends to avoid surprise STD symptoms.
If you notice any of the following potential STD symptoms, call Progressive Womens Health right away for an appointment.
- Cramps when you’re not on your period or ovulating
- Pain during urination
- Pain during sex
- Bleeding between periods
- Unusual vaginal discharge
These symptoms can also happen with other health issues, so they don’t always mean you have an STD. The important thing is to reach out for help as soon as possible so Dr. Mohsin can prescribe the most effective treatment.
Use the online scheduler or call Progressive Womens Health to book an appointment for STD help now.