STD Testing Specialist

Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC

OB/GYNs located in Midwood, Brooklyn, NY & Upper East Side, New York, NY

Detecting STDs early is crucial to preventing disease transmission and reducing your risk of infertility and other STD complications. The team at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC in New York offers STD testing at convenient locations in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn and the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Call the nearest office for an appointment or book online today.

STD Testing Q & A

What is STD testing?

STD testing at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC helps your provider determine if you have a sexually transmitted disease. Treatment can reduce the risk of STD transmission and cure your disease in some cases. Blood tests, urine tests, and tissue swabs are common types of STD testing.

What are some common STDs?

STDs are caused by viruses, parasites, or bacteria. Some common STDs you might be at risk for if you’re sexually active include:

  • Genital herpes
  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia
  • Hepatitis
  • HPV
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Syphilis

There are more than 20 types of STDs that can affect both men and women. STDs often cause more serious complications in women. Having untreated STDs during pregnancy can lead to serious problems for the baby.

What are the symptoms of STDs?

Common STD symptoms include genital or anal sores or bumps, painful urination, pelvic pain, unusual vaginal discharge, menstrual irregularities, chronic fatigue, pain during intercourse, and infertility. Not all STDs cause symptoms, however — at least not initially. 

What should I expect during STD testing?

If you’re at risk of contracting an STD or you experience new or unusual symptoms after being sexually active, STD testing is a good idea. 

During STD testing, your provider at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC checks your vital signs and reviews your medical history and symptoms. They complete a physical examination, including a pelvic exam, and may inspect your genitals if you have visible symptoms of an STD.

Your provider might recommend you undergo blood tests, urine tests, tissue swabs, or multiple STD testing procedures.

What are my STD treatment options?

Your personalized STD treatment plan depends on the type of STD you have. Your provider might recommend you take antibiotics to cure an STD caused by parasites or bacteria. 

If you have an STD caused by a virus, certain medicines can help better control your disease and reduce unpleasant symptoms. Your provider might recommend surgical procedures to remove lesions or precancerous tissues.

Using condoms, having sexual intercourse with one monogamous partner, and avoiding sexual intercourse altogether are ways to reduce your risk of contracting an STD.

If you’re sexually active and experience new or unusual symptoms, schedule an STD testing appointment at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC by phone or online today.