STI Screening and Treatment

STI Screening and Treatment services offered in Lutherville-Timonium, MD

While common, some sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can cause serious medical problems when left untreated. At ProTelix Health Clinic in Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland, our  professional providers and  skilled staff offer STI testing and treatment to reduce your risk of complications or spreading STIs to other people. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.


STI Screening and Treatment Q & A

What are sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?

STIs are diseases that spread through sexual contact, including oral, anal, and vaginal sexual intercourse. STIs are common, affecting about one in five people in the United States. The main types of STIs include:

  • Chlamydia
  • Herpes
  • Gonorrhea
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Hepatitis
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

When left untreated, STIs, also known as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), can spread to sexual partners and cause infertility, cancer, or other complications. That’s why STI screening and treatment (when necessary) are essential.

 

What are the common symptoms of sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?

You might not have any symptoms of an STI, at least not right away. If you do develop symptoms, you may notice:

  • Genital sores or warts
  • Fatigue
  • Genital blisters or scabbing
  • Genital itching
  • Unusual or smelly discharge
  • Abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Bleeding or pain with sex
  • Other unusual symptoms

When left untreated, STIs can cause infertility and certain types of cancer, such as cervical cancer in women.

 

How do STIs spread?

The ways STIs spread include having unprotected oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse. While using a condom reduces the risk of STIs, you can still contract sexually transmitted infections while using a male condom or female diaphragm. 

Having just one monogamous partner who has tested negative for STIs or abstaining from sexual contact are highly effective prevention measures.

 

What happens during STI testing?

During STI testing, your Protelix Health Clinic specialist reviews your medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle habits. They complete a physical exam and may recommend a Pap test for women, blood tests, urine testing, or swabs to detect or rule out specific STIs.

 

How are STIs treated? 

The most common treatments for STIs include antibiotics and antiviral medications. Some types of STIs are treatable, while others must be managed for a lifetime to control your symptoms and reduce the chance of spreading STIs to other people.

During treatment for STDs, avoid sexual contact until your Protelix Health Clinic specialist gives you the OK. Your partner must also be tested and treated.

 

How often should I schedule STI screening?

If you’re at risk of developing an STI because of having unprotected sex with a new partner, STI testing is for you. You can also schedule STI testing at Protelix Health Clinic if you experience new or unusual symptoms.

To schedule a sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening, call the Protelix Health Clinic office or use the online booking tool today.

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