STD Testing Specialist

Alane Park MD

OBGYN located in Westlake, Los Angeles, CA

Even with all we know about safe sex and how diseases are transmitted through sexual contact, cases of common sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise. Left untreated, STDs increase the risk of severe health conditions. At her OB-GYN practice in Los Angeles, Dr. Alane Park offers complete STD testing. Treating STDs is essential not just for your sexuality, but your total health and wellbeing. Call or schedule an appointment online today.

STD Testing Q & A

What are STDs?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), also sometimes called sexually transmitted infections (STIs), pass from one person to another through intercourse or other forms of sexual contact. Potential STD symptoms include:

  • Genital odor
  • Genital pain or itching
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Penile discharge
  • Sores or bumps on the mouth, rectal area, or genitals
  • Swollen testicles
  • Spotting between periods

Surprisingly, many STDs don’t have any symptoms. Dr. Park recommends a complete STD screening as soon as you become sexually active. You can also transmit STDs through sharing needles, during childbirth, or through breastfeeding.

Without treatment, STDs and STIs lead to a host of severe health issues, including an increased risk of contracting HIV, chronic pain, and fertility and pregnancy complications.

How are STDs diagnosed?

Dr. Park tests for STDs in different ways. The first step is a complete physical, including a pelvic exam. Next, she discusses your health history, sexual habits, and any symptoms or issues you have.

From there, she determines which STD screenings are best for you. STD testing methods include:

  • Blood tests
  • Fluid samples
  • Urine test
  • Pap smear

How are STDs treated?

STD treatment varies depending on the type and severity of the disease.

Dr. Park uses antibiotics to treat most bacterial STDs. A single dose usually treats syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia effectively. Dr. Park recommends avoiding sex until you complete the course of antibiotics.

Other infections like HIV and herpes never go away, but you can manage them with antiviral drugs. Depending on your case, you might be able to reduce your viral count to nearly undetectable levels.

Even if your STD is under control, it’s still transmittable, so be sure to discuss safe-sex methods with Dr. Park.

There is no need to feel shame or embarrassment about an STD. Dr. Park handles every personal health concern with discretion and compassion. Protect the health of you and your partner with STD testing. Schedule yours online or by calling Alane Park, MD today.