Many women who live in Leesburg and Lansdowne, Virginia and suffered from a sexually transmitted infection (STI) have found the treatment they needed at Loudoun Women’s Healthcare Associates. The providers here, Drs. Chauncey Stokes and Roopa Duggal, and nurse practitioner Jessica Braun, are respected by both patients and peers for their knowledge of STIs.
An STI is a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection that’s transmitted through the exchange of bodily fluids. While people an infection may be passed on from one person to another through any exchange of bodily fluids, most transmissions occur during a sexual act. Thus, these infections are commonly referred to as STIs.
Perhaps the most well-known STI is HIV, which causes AIDs. It is not the only STI, though, nor is it necessarily the most common. Other STIs include genital herpes, genital warts, chlamydia, human papillomavirus (HPV), and hepatitis B. These are just a few examples.
STIs and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are very similar. Medical providers used to refer to these infections as STDs, and the term is still sometimes used. Because an infection may not manifest symptoms of a disease, though, STI is the most accurate term and has become the preferred term.
STIs are diagnosed using a battery of tests. Each test checks for specific STIs. Depending on what STIs a patient might have, a doctor may order:
A swabbing of the genitals or anus to check for herpes
A blood test to check for HIV, hepatitis, and syphilis
A urine test to check for chlamydia and gonorrhea
When a patient might have multiple STIs, multiple tests may be ordered.
An STI appointment is similar to any other doctor appointment. It usually includes taking a medical history, checking vitals, discussing symptoms with the healthcare provider, and likely a test and exam.
Appointments, like all medical services, are kept confidential. Doctors often ask for permission to share their diagnosis with other providers and to tell insurers what tests were ordered. Whether anyone else finds out about the appointment is up to the patient.
We participate with most local and many national insurance plans. However, it is your responsibility to understand whether your insurance has limits on the doctors you can see or the services you can receive. If you provide complete and accurate information about your insurance, we will submit claims to your insurance carrier and receive payments for services. Depending on your insurance coverage, you may be responsible for co-payments, co-insurance, or other deductible amounts. Please contact our billing office or call your insurance carrier should you have any questions.
"For a new patient, Dr Duggal truly showed concern and wanted to find a solution to the issue I came for. She built up my history but also inquired about my future plans"
"I had the best prenatal care in this clinic. Everybody is friendly and caring. Love and respect to Dr. Roopa Duggal and the staff, I will be returning again."
"I couldn't have asked for a better OB/GYN to see me through my first pregnancy! HIGHLY RECOMMEND DR. DUGGAL!"
"He delivered my baby by VBAC two weeks ago and did an amazing job!"
"I switched to this practice when I moved to the area and wanted to get pregnant. Dr Stokes and Jessica his NP were very diligent about helping us make this happen."
"I am a new patient of Dr. Stokes and I am already a fan. He provides excellent professional service. He is knowledgeable, caring and easy to work with."
"I love the team - everyone is extremely friendly and they always seem to remember their patients. I always feel very welcome when I go to the office, that I recommend."
"Dr. Duggal came highly recommended when I was looking for someone to do my tubal. All went well with my surgery and recovery. I will use her for my annual well visits."
"Dr. Duggal was extremley kind and patient. My only two request were a pain-free and non c-section delivery. She made both happen."