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STD Testing

The Women's Center at Life Point Medical

Monique Petteys, FNP-C

Women's Health and Wellness & Injectables located in Clayton, GA, Rabun County, GA and Northeast Georgia

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) continue to be a health challenge in America, and women of all ages are affected. For those in and around Clayton, Georgia, Rabun County, Georgia, and Northeast Georgia, the care of Monique Petteys, FNP-C, at The Women's Center at Life Point Medical can help by offering compassionate STD testing and treatment. Booking your visit takes just moments by phone, so don’t delay.

STD Testing

What are some common sexually transmitted diseases?

There are numerous sexually transmitted diseases or STDs, some of which are more common than others. Understanding the range of STDs you could be exposed to is an important part of protecting yourself and your partner from infection. 

Some common sexually transmitted diseases include:

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

These are just some of the STDs you could encounter. 

What are some symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases?

Many STDs create no clear symptoms, so people are often unaware they are infected. That’s why routine STD testing is an important part of your overall health. 

When STD symptoms are present, they might include:

  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Fever
  • Painful sex
  • Sores or bumps 
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Rash
  • Unusual vaginal discharge

If you notice any of these changes or suspect your partner has contracted an STD, visit The Women’s Center at Life Point Medical for STD testing right away. A course of antibiotics clear many infections, and for those that require more involved management, early treatment is important. 

Why is STD testing important?

STD testing is important before beginning a sexual relationship with a new partner. You should never feel uncomfortable asking a new partner to get tested or sharing your results prior to the first sexual encounter. 

Your health should always be a top priority, and your partner should share your concerns and wishes for a healthy sexual bond. Many sexually transmitted diseases don’t have distinct symptoms, and you or your partner could be infected without knowing. 

How can I reduce my risk of STDs?

The only way to fully prevent sexually transmitted diseases is to abstain from all forms of sexual interaction, including oral sex and intimate touching. The next best thing is to remain in a healthy, mutually monogamous relationship where both partners have STD testing before engaging in sexual contact.

If you have multiple partners, using male or female condoms every time is the best way to reduce your risk of infection. It’s important to note that condoms are only effective when they are used properly, and that some infections can spread through simple skin-to-skin contact, which condoms cannot fully prevent. 

For compassionate and discreet STD testing, contact The Women’s Center at Life Point Medical. Online scheduling is available, or you can always reach the office by phone to check appointment availability.