Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Specialist

Melinda M. Martin, M.D.

OB-GYN located in Prescott, AZ & Prescott Valley, AZ

Since 2015, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) have been on the rise across the United States. The highly trained team of nurses and assistants of Melinda M. Martin, MD, in Prescott and Prescott Valley, Arizona, offer STD testing for women of all ages. Dr. Melinda Martin provides a caring, understanding environment so women can get the help they need. Call to make an appointment today.

STD Testing Q & A

by Melinda M. Martin, M.D.

What kind of STD testing should I have?

Once you become sexually active or if you have multiple partners, it is important to get tested for several types of STDs. Dr. Martin offers comprehensive testing and treatment for diseases like gonorrhea, HIV, syphilis, chlamydia, HPV, hepatitis A, B, and C. Many conditions can be treated and easily cured when detected early. If you’ve never been tested for these common STDs, it’s important to do so before you develop a very serious condition.

How often should I be tested for STDs?

How often you are tested for STDs depends on how many sexual partners you have, how old you are, and any symptoms you may experience. In general, Dr. Martin recommends that women have annual screenings for chlamydia and gonorrhea, especially if sexual intercourse involves multiple partners. She may also recommend a human papillomavirus (HPV) test because HPV can lead to cancer or, at the very least, genital warts.

If you have symptoms of STDs such as sores or bumps around your genitals, abnormal vaginal discharge, itching, and burning during urination, get tested for STDs right away. Leaving an STD untreated can lead to serious health issues, and you run the risk of giving the disease to others through sexual contact.

How am I tested for STDs?

STD testing is usually quick and painless. Each STD has its own type of test, so Dr. Martin can explain what is needed for each one. In most cases, the testing involves a physical exam and visual inspection of the genital area for signs of disease, plus a urine test, swab samples of the infected area, and possibly a blood test.

How are STDs treated?

Many STDs can be treated with medications, and for the ones that have no cure, there are options for treating the symptoms so they don’t get worse or become easily transmitted to others. It is also important to let sexual partners know of your STD so they can be tested as well.

If you believe you have symptoms of gonorrhea, HIV, syphilis, chlamydia, HPV, or any other STD, call the office to schedule an appointment, or choose an available time online. Even if you don’t have symptoms, it’s a good idea to get tested.