STD Testing & Treatment in San Antonio
Baby Debut screens and treats both males and females for sexually transmitted diseases (STD). We recommend annual STD testing for:
- Men and women of any age who are sexually active and do not regularly use condoms or have several partners
- All men and women under the age of 30
More frequent testing may be necessary under certain circumstances, such as, if symptoms reappear. Baby Debut follows the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. The CDC recommends first testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. If any of these tests are positive, the CDC recommends follow-up testing for HIV and hepatitis. However, we will handle any and all tests you may prefer. To see the CDC's guidelines, please visit: www.cdc.gov/node.do/id/0900f3ec80009a98
STDs are, for the most part, easy to treat in the early stages. If left untreated, however, complications can be severe and even fatal. Unfortunately, some people do not experience symptoms when they have STDs. If you suspect you have an STD, please come into our office or call for an appointment as soon as possible.
Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Testing
Screening for chlamydia and gonorrhea are simultaneous using one specimen sample from the vagina (female) or penis (male).
Chlamydia is one of the most common bacterial infections in the United States. The infection can be transmitted through oral, vaginal and anal sexual activity. Routine screening is essential since 75 percent of infected women have no symptoms. It is curable, but if left untreated can put women at risk for pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility and ectopic, or tubal, pregnancies.
Gonorrhea is also a very common bacterial infection. This infection is transmitted through oral, vaginal and anal sexual activity. It can also be spread from mother to baby during delivery. As with chlamydia, women infected with gonorrhea do not have symptoms. It is curable, but if left untreated can put women at risk for pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility, and ectopic or tubal pregnancies in the future.
Syphilis is a bacterial infection that is increasing in prevalence in the United States. Transmission occurs during vaginal, anal or oral sex. Pregnant women with the disease can pass it on to their babies.
Many people infected with syphilis do not have any symptoms. People infected with syphilis are more at risk for acquiring HIV sexually. Syphilis is easy to cure in its early stages, but is fatal if left untreated.