Physician assistant Mary Ann recalls the tests used to diagnose a woman with an STD (sexually transmitted disease).
If you suspect that you may have a sexually transmitted disease you should call your doctor or your provider and again, that can be your OB/GYN; that can be your primary care physician. If you don’t have access to that or if your funds are limited there’s usually a county clinic where you can report to be evaluated and treated for any sexually transmitted diseases.
Blood tests can detect most sexually transmitted diseases. There are other tests as well that might be more appropriate at the time depending on what was suspected and what your symptoms are, including swabs, vaginal swabs, urine samples etc.
We typically do vaginal swabs in the office looking for chlamydia, gonorrhea. There are some less invasive sexually transmitted diseases like bacterial vaginosis that we can test for as well with a vaginal swab.
About Mary Ann Shostek, P.A.-C.:
Mary Ann is a Physicians Assistant. She graduated from Arizona State University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Medical Science, graduating from the Physician Assistant Program at Midwestern University, Glendale, Arizona in 2004. Mary Ann’s experience is in Women’s Health – specializing in fertility.