Karen F. Brodman, MD, PLLC
Gynecologist located in Upper West Side, New York, NY
An estimated one million new sexually transmitted disease (STD) infections occur every day. To lower your risk for STD complications, the office of Karen F. Brodman, MD, offers on-site STD testing. Board-certified gynecologist Karen Brodman, MD, provides comprehensive testing for conditions like gonorrhea, chlamydia, and other common STDs. Dr. Brodman also customizes treatment plans to clear the infection and provide resources that reduce your risk for additional infections. Schedule STD testing online or call the office in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York.
STD Testing Q & A
What is STD testing?
Sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing screens for various diseases that can spread through sexual contact. Because many STDs don’t present symptoms until the condition progresses, you can unknowingly spread diseases to others during unprotected sex.
Some STDs can also cause complications with your physical and reproductive health, so Dr. Brodman offers in-office STD testing services to reduce your risk for long-term health issues.
It’s important that you get tested regularly for STDs if you’re having sex with a new partner or multiple partners, especially if sex is unprotected. Besides abstinence, using condoms is the most effective way to reduce your risk of contracting STDs.
You should also schedule STD testing if you have any symptoms, such as vaginal discharge, genital warts, or painful urination. The earlier you get an accurate diagnosis, the easier it is to treat the disease. Delaying STD testing can put your health and your partner’s health at risk.
What STD testing services are available?
The office of Karen F. Brodman, MD, offers comprehensive STD testing services to identify conditions like:
- Genital herpes
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
Many tests involve blood work to identify the signs of infection. Dr. Brodman also offers pelvic exams to check for genital warts and other visible signs of infection.
To test for HPV, Dr. Brodman offers Pap smears and HPV testing services in-office.
What happens if my STD testing results are positive?
If your STD testing results are positive for a disease, Dr. Brodman creates a treatment plan to clear the infection and protect your reproductive and sexual health.
For bacterial and parasitic infections, she can prescribe a course of antibiotics. If you have herpes or HIV, you may need antiviral medications to address the infection.
It’s also important that you protect yourself by using condoms every time you have sex. This prevents your risk for reinfection and the spread of the disease to your sexual partners.
Dr. Brodman can recommend how often you should have STD testing based on your lifestyle and sexual preferences.
To schedule an STD testing appointment, call the office of Karen F. Brodman, MD, today or book an appointment online.