Importance of Prevention

We’re hearing about preventative healthcare more and more every day. Many New York insurance companies are even waiving co-payments for preventative care treatments and exams as an incentive for their customers to take better care of themselves. The earlier a health condition is found, the sooner it can be treated, thus saving insurance companies more money. In addition to the traditional physical exams, many patients are going a step further and scheduling additional exams, such as STD testing.

Various Types of STDs

STDs or sexually transmitted diseases are occurring at a higher rate than ever before, particularly in large cities like NYC. According to recent reports, the Bronx, a New York City borough, has the highest rates of double STD infection. Information like this brings to light even more the importance of finding a place that performs testing for sexually transmitted diseases in New York City.

Although Manhattan Physical Exams is not specifically a NY STD Clinic, we perform STD testing and can test for specific types of STDs. There are various types of STDs, and the type of STD testing each person needs may vary by their age, sexual activity and other risk factors. Without even realizing it, a person could have an STD. Testing is the only way to rule out this possibility.

Women sometimes make the mistake of believing they’re getting tested for STD as part of their annual gynecological exam or Pap test. This is generally not the case. Women and men who are sexually active, specifically without protection, are at the highest risk of getting sexually transmitted diseases and should request STD testing. New Yorkers need to commit themselves to lowering the high rate at which these horrific diseases are spreading. If you have any doubts or concerns, speak to the doctor and ask to be tested for STD.

Specific STD Testing and Risk Factors

If you’re concerned you may be in need of STD testing and aren’t sure of what you need, this information may help you. Below is a list of different types of STDs as well as what you can expect as part of the STD testing.

• Gonorrhea
• Chlamydia
• Syphilis
• Hepatitis
• Genital Herpes

Individuals most at risk for Chlamydia or gonorrhea are females under the age of 25 who are sexually active, women older than 25 who are having sex with more than one partner or men who have sex with other men.

HIV testing is recommended at least once for anyone between the age of 13 and 64. If you’re at high risk of HIV infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that you get tested annually. You may be at risk for syphilis or hepatitis if you use drugs intravenously, have had sex with more than one person since your last test, have tested positive for Chlamydia or gonorrhea or are a man who has had sex with another man.

Although there isn’t really a screening for genital herpes, you can be tested if you have blisters or ulcers present. Even if you don’t have symptoms, you can still get a viral infection. There is type 1 herpes, which is typically a mild case that usually causes cold sores, or type 2 herpes, which usually results in genital sores. The doctor may be able to perform a test to determine which type you have as part of the STD testing.

Although they may be symptomless, most men and women who are sexually active become infected with HPV (human papillomavirus) at some point throughout their lives; the virus usually disappears within a couple years. Unfortunately, there is not currently an HPV screening test for men. The way it’s usually found is through a biopsy of genital warts or through a visual examination. Woman can be tested for HPV through an actual HPV test or with a Pap test.

How is STD Testing Done?

The procedure for STD testing at our NYC clinic may vary depending on what your concerns are, what you’re being tested for and what the doctor feels is most beneficial. The test for gonorrhea or Chlamydia may be performed by either a swab from a women’s cervix or the inside of a man’s penis or through a urine sample. STD testing is important because you may have the infection without having the symptoms.

If you have genital sores and are being tested for syphilis, the doctor will take of the swabs. However, a blood sample is taken if there are no genital sores present. A blood sample is also used to test for hepatitis or HIV. Genital herpes may be able to be diagnosed though a tissue scraping or culture if you have open ulcers or blisters. A blood test may also be used, but the test results are not always accurate for this.

To test for HPV, doctors usually take a sample from the cervical canal; this test is usually only given to women over the age of 30. There is a vaccination available for HPV, but patients need to have the vaccination prior to becoming sexually active. It’s extremely important to be tested for HPV because this virus has been linked to cervical cancer, as well as cancer of the vagina, vulva, penis and anus.

While one type of STD may not seem as bad as the next, they can all raise havoc in your body and leave lifelong effects. Whether you’re living in NY or just visiting New York City, rapid STD testing can be performed quickly and comfortably. The doctor will be with you every step of the way, explaining the procedure and going over the results when they’re available. Don’t let fear or embarrassment stop you from taking the very best care of your body and your health.

Dr. Marina Gafanovich, MD

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Physical exams should be a part of an annual plan of every New Yorker. Visit Dr. Gafanovich in Manhattan to get a peace of mind in knowing that you are in good health.

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We know that living in New York is exciting and has you surrounded with people everywhere you look. If your lifestyle is like many others in today’s society, you may very well be in need of a good checkup. As long as you’re already seeing the doctor, why not see the doctor that can assist you in STD testing in NYC.