STD Testing

Coral Springs OBGYN, LLC

Carlos Barrionuevo, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology located in Coral Springs, FL

Every year in the United States, there are 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), half of which are among 15-24-year-olds. STD testing can go a long way toward helping you avoid becoming one of these statistics. At Coral Springs OBGYN, LLC, Dr. Carlos Barrionuevo offers STD screening to patients living in and around Coral Springs, Florida, allowing them to be proactive when it comes to their sexual health. To find out about STD testing, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.

STD Testing Q & A

What are the most common STDs?

In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control released a report outlining some statistics on the most common STDs in the United States and here’s how the numbers broke out:

  • Human papillomavirus (HPV): at least 80% of sexually active Americans are infected with HPV at some in their lives
  • Genital herpes: one in eight people between the ages of 14 and 49 have genital herpes
  • Chlamydia: 1.5 million cases were reported in 2015
  • Gonorrhea: almost 400,000 cases were reported
  • Hepatitis: the CDC estimates that 850,000 Americans have hepatitis B
  • HIV: approximately 1.1 million people in the US have HIV, although one in seven are unaware of the infection

This quick snapshot gives you an idea of the prevalence of STDs in the US, but even these numbers are only estimates, as many people with STDs go undiagnosed.

Why should I be tested for STDs?

There are several reasons why you should receive STD testing, including:

Early detection

By undergoing regular screening, Dr. Barrionuevo treats the disease before it becomes a more significant problem. Some STDs can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease or fertility problems if left unchecked. In extreme cases, such as with HPV, untreated infections can turn cancerous.

Stop the spread

Whether or not you display any symptoms, you can still pass the infection on to others.

What should I be tested for and how often?

The following testing schedule is one the CDC recommends for women:

  • Test at least once for HIV between ages 13 and 64
  • Annual screenings for chlamydia and gonorrhea for sexually active women under 25
  • Syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis B screening for all pregnant women

During your routine visits with Dr. Barrionuevo, he conducts a Pap test, which tests for precancerous cells on your cervix caused by HPV.

The bottom line is that everyone is different and you should discuss your lifestyle with Dr. Barrionuevo so he can come up with an appropriate screening schedule.

To learn more about which STD testing is right for you, call Coral Springs OBGYN or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.