STD Testing Specialist

Women First GYN

Obstetrician & Gynecologist & Medical Spa located in Hampton Roads, Chesapeake, VA

STD testing like screening for human papillomavirus (HPV) is important for all women today. STDs like HPV, HIV, herpes, gonorrhea, and syphilis can damage not only your reproductive health but also your whole-body wellness. At Women First GYN, Margie Corney, MD, FACOG can discuss your symptoms, risk factors, and specific health needs with you to determine the right STD testing schedule for you. Use the online scheduler or call the office for discreet and private STD testing from experts.

STD Testing

What are the symptoms of STDs?

STD symptoms can vary by disease, but some common indicators of STDs can include:

  • Pain during urination
  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Warts or open sores 
  • Itchiness
  • Redness
  • Unpleasant vaginal odor
  • Pelvic pain
  • Fever

Some STDs, like chlamydia, rarely cause symptoms. It’s important to discuss your risk factors with Dr. Corney during your women’s wellness exams so she can determine if you need STD testing.

How often do I need STD testing?

It depends on a variety of factors specific to you, including your sexual history, your age, and your lifestyle. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends the following HPV testing schedule. 

Age 21-29

From age 21-29, you need a Pap smear every three years, or more often if recommended by Dr. Corney. Generally, HPV testing isn’t recommended during this time. 

Age 30-65

From age 30-65, you need co-testing every five years. Co-testing includes both a Pap smear and an HPV test. Alternatively, you can continue Pap testing alone every three years, or as recommended by Dr. Corney.

After 65

After the age of 65, you might be able to discontinue HPV and Pap tests. Dr. Corney will recommend a testing schedule that’s ideal for you.

For other STDs, Dr. Corney recommends a testing schedule based on your unique needs. If you start having symptoms or are exposed to an STD like HIV, chlamydia, or gonorrhea, you’ll likely need testing as soon as possible. If you’re at risk for STDs, Dr. Corney may recommend that you have STD testing as part of your regular women’s wellness exams.

Who needs to get the HPV vaccine?

The HPV vaccine, available in the brand names Gardasil® and Cervarix®, prevents women and girls from the varieties of HPV that are responsible for the majority of cervical cancers. Gardasil also prevents the majority of genital warts and protects you from many anal, vaginal, and vulvar cancers. 

Girls should have Gardasil or Cervarix vaccination at age 11 or 12. But, if you didn’t get the vaccine when you were younger, women age 13 and up can have catch-up vaccinations. Currently, women up to age 45 can get vaccination based on medical recommendations. 

Boys should have Gardasil at age 11 or 12, or through age 26 as a catch-up vaccination. If you don’t fit in any of these groups, talk to Dr. Corney about how you can prevent HPV.

To get STD testing help from compassionate professionals, call Women First GYN or book online now.