STD Testing NYC | STD Doctor NYC – Upper East Side
Here at Manhattan Gastroenterology on the Upper East Side in NYC, we offer sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing, as well as anal pap smear for screening for high risk HPV as well as anal cancer.
STDs are very common and while some diseases have symptoms to alert the person of a possible infection, often time people are asymptomatic and are unaware of their potential to transmit these infections. Speaking with the best in class NYC testing doctor, Dr. Shawn Khodadadian, and getting tested can help prevent or diagnose these diseases and prevent their transmission.
We offer testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, as well as for herpes virus, HPV (the virus that causes anogenital warts and anal cancer), hepatitis B and HIV. These tests include blood test as well as swabs and cultures for these microorganisms.
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection that can affect the anus as well as the genitals. Symptoms are often not present, but when they are, these include vaginal or penile discharge, pain with intercourse, painful urination or rectal bleeding (if it involves the rectum).
Testing includes a simple swab depending on the area affected, which includes the penile meatus (the opening where urine exits), anus/rectum, as well as the cervix. Fortunately, Chlamydia is curable with antibiotics.
Gonorrhea is another sexually transmitted disease that is also mostly asymptomatic. When symptoms are present, they tend to be vaginal or penile discharge. Pain with intercourse can be present as well as bleeding, and painful urination.
Gonorrhea, similar to Chlamydia, can also be tested using a simple swab depending on the area affected. This can also be treated with antibiotics.
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that can present in many ways. There are different stages of syphilis and each may present with different symptoms ranging from genital ulcers that are painless to rashes on the body and palms and soles of the feet. If left untreated, serious complications can occur. As such, testing for infection with syphilis is very important.
Testing includes taking a blood sample. In some cases, testing the fluid from the sores can be diagnostic.
Herpes is transmitted sexually and some people infected with this do not have any symptoms at all. Yet, it can be easily spread despite no symptoms. For some, a painful blister that can turn into an ulcer develops.
Testing for herpes include blood test as well as collecting a sample from the sore with a swab.
Hepatitis B is a virus that can be transmitted from an infected mother to her neonate during delivery. It is also transmitted sexually through blood and bodily fluids, like semen; as well as via blood to blood contact. Symptoms can vary from rashes, yellowing of the skin, dark urine, fatigue, or none at all. Unrecognized hepatitis B infection can lead to serious complications including cirrhosis and liver cancer.
Testing for Hepatitis B include a blood test. Currently, there is treatment for hepatitis B but no cure.
HIV is a virus like Hepatitis B, which can also be transmitted through bodily fluids, blood, and can be passed on from the mother to her newborn child. Symptoms are very non-specific and usually none at all.
Testing includes a blood test. Currently, although there are now improved medications to combat HIV, unfortunately, there still isn’t a cure, making prevention the most important aspect in avoiding infection.
If you have any concerns or would like to discuss whether you are at risk and should be tested, you can contact us at Manhattan Gastroenterology, 212-427-8761. 983 Park Ave Suite 1D, New York, NY 10028 to schedule an appointment.
For more information about our STD testing services offered at Manhattan Gastroenterology or to schedule a consultation with the with the best in class doctor, Dr. Shawn Khodadadian, please contact our Upper East Side NYC office.