Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Testing and Treatment
Each year, over 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are reported. They are largely transmitted through sexual intercourse, but they can be spread in other ways as well. STDs are very common among the general population because they are some of the most highly contagious diseases known.
STDs affect people of all walks of life, socio-economic groups, races and age groups. In fact, without proper protection, anyone who is sexually active can contract a sexually transmitted disease. Among the most reported infections are syphilis, some types of hepatitis, gonorrhea, genital warts, chlamydia, HIV, genital herpes and trichomoniasis.
When the disease is diagnosed and treated in its earliest stages, most of these STDs can be cured. Unfortunately, some do not show symptoms right away, or symptoms are not associated with an STD. Consequently, the patient may not be diagnosed until in a more advanced stage of the disease. Over 65 million people have an STD that cannot be cured. Gay men are most likely to contract an STD; however, even an unborn child can be affected if an infected mother is not diagnosed and treated.
Of the millions of new cases of STDs identified each year, more than half affect teenagers beginning around age 15 and people in their early twenties. Identification and treatment of the disease are critical, particularly in the case of HIV, which is incurable. All STDs can do permanent damage if not treated. Dr. Brent J. Michael provides confidential, compassionate treatment for patients who have contracted an STD.
Diagnosis and Treatment for STDs
There are many myths surrounding sex and STDs. Learning the facts and taking precautions can help you stay safe and healthy. STDs can be transmitted through oral, vaginal or anal sex. Even though it is usually spread through sexual contact, trichomoniasis can be transmitted through damp or moist towels, clothing and toilet seats.
Dr. Michael tests for and treats these STDs:
Learn how to protect yourself and others from sexually transmitted diseases and seek help if you suspect you have contracted one. Make an appointment with Dr. Michael if you have had unprotected sex and need STD testing.