Mcgowan Family Health & Wellness Center
Every year, about 20 million men, women, and children are infected with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Dr. McGowan of McGowan Family Health and Wellness Center in Flossmoor, Illinois, does professional STD testing in a safe, supportive, and bilingual office setting to safeguard the community’s health and safety. Make an appointment online or by phone if you suspect you’re having signs of an STD or if you’re due for a screening.
Q&A on STD Testing
What diseases are detected by an STD test?
Tests for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Because the symptoms of STDs differ depending on the source, Dr. McGowan uses a variety of tests to get a complete picture of your symptoms.
She may run a test for any of the following most prevalent STDs once she’s detected your symptoms:
- Warts on the genital area caused by herpes
- Hepatitis B is a virus that causes liver disease.
In most circumstances, Dr. McGowan suggests that you have an STD screening once a year, which can be done at the same time as your annual exam. If you’ve previously tested positive for an STD, she may recommend that you come in more frequently to have your health monitored.
Dr. McGowan advises that if you’ve tested positive for HIV or suspect you’ve been exposed to the virus, you should get tested every six months.
Dr. McGowan can address your concerns and questions concerning STD exposure in both English and Spanish because he is bilingual.
How can you know if you have an STD?
Each STD necessitates a unique test. In some circumstances, a single sample can be used to test for numerous STDs, for example:
- Blood and urine samples
- Swabs of the mouth’s interior
- genital swabs are swabs taken from the genitals.
- Swabs from sores or discharge
- Swabs from the anal region
What are the options for treating sexually transmitted diseases?
Treatment for STDs is determined by the type of diagnosis you receive. McGowan Family Health and Wellness Center’s compassionate and skilled staff offers proven treatments to help you manage your STD promptly, discretely, and with as little consequences as possible.
A viral STD, such as herpes or hepatitis, necessitates a tailored pharmaceutical regimen, whereas a bacterial STD, such as gonorrhea, necessitates antibiotics. In some circumstances, especially if you’re pregnant, Dr. McGowan may recommend an ointment or topical treatment.
If you’ve been diagnosed with AIDS or HIV, Dr. McGowan advises a combination of preventative and symptom management strategies to help you manage the disease’s course and potential exacerbation.