Sexually Transmitted Infections

Loudoun Women's Healthcare Associates -  - Obstetrician

Loudoun Women's Healthcare Associates

Obstetricians & Gynecologists located in Lansdowne, VA

Sexually Transmitted Infections Specialist
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.

Sexually Transmitted Infections Q & A

Loudoun Women's Healthcare Associates

What is a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI)?

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.

What is the Difference Between an STI and STD?

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.

How is an STI Diagnosed?

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.

What is an STI Appointment Like?

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.

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