If you’re at risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI), you can turn to board-certified OB/GYN specialist De Shawndranique Gray, MD, and her experienced team in Dallas, Texas. They offer STI screening and treatment to reduce unpleasant symptoms and the risk of spreading STIs to other people. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.
Sexually transmitted infection (STI) screenings and treatment with Dr. Gray include diagnostic tests that determine if you have an STI and treatments to cure your infection or reduce symptoms and the risk of transmission.
Examples of common STIs include:
STIs are caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites. Some are curable, and others aren’t, but STI testing and treatment are still important.
Not all STIs cause symptoms -- at least not right away. If you do experience STI symptoms, you may notice:
If you don’t have symptoms but you’re at risk of contracting STIs from having unprotected sexual intercourse, see Dr. Gray and her team for STI testing and treatment.
You can get STIs by having vaginal, oral, or anal sexual intercourse with an infected partner. Abstaining from having sex is the only guaranteed way to avoid STIs. Having sex with just one person who tests negative for STIs is another excellent prevention strategy.
Using a dental dam or condom during sex decreases your risk of STIs but isn’t 100% effective.
During STI testing and treatment, Dr. Gray reviews your medical history and discusses symptoms you may have. She and her team check your vital signs, and she completes a physical exam, including a pelvic exam.
Dr. Gray takes a sample of secretions from open genital or anal sores. She recommends urine tests, blood tests, or cervical swabs depending on your risk factors and symptoms, and she may suggest ultrasounds or other imaging procedures.
Common STI treatments include taking antibiotics to cure chlamydia, trichomoniasis, syphilis, or gonorrhea. You might take antiviral medications to suppress herpes or HIV viruses.
You should notify your sexual partners if you have an STI and abstain from sex during your treatment. Use prevention measures to reduce the risk of contracting STIs in the future.
To learn more about STI testing and treatment, call De Shawndranique Gray, MD, or schedule an appointment online today.