With early intervention, Emile Shenouda, MD and staff can help treat many types of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) to minimize your discomfort and reduce the risk of spreading the infection to others. Since some STDs don’t have symptoms, it’s important to schedule regular screenings at one of Dr. Shenouda and the staff's offices, located in South Gate, Mission Hills, or Lawndale, California. If you’re due for routine screening, or are experiencing symptoms, book an evaluation by using his online scheduling system, or calling his clinic.
The specific types of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) you should be screened for depends on your age, gender, and any specific symptoms. Common STDs to screen for include:
Some STDs are routinely screened during annual exams, but you may need to request tests for others. For instance, if you have been exposed to AIDS or HIV, you’re going to need to ask for those tests to be included.
Make sure you’re aware of which STDs are part of your routine screening. An STD test often requires gathering a sample of cells from your genitals or anus. In most cases, you also need to provide blood or urine samples.
Dr. Shenouda has an extensive background in treating STDs, so you can feel confident that he’ll create a thorough, effective treatment that is based on your needs.
STDs can be either viral or bacterial. Treatment for viral STDs, like Hepatitis B, consists of specialized medications that combat the virus. Treatment for bacterial STDs, such as syphilis or gonorrhea, usually involves oral antibiotics.
If you’re pregnant and can’t take antibiotics, or if you have visible symptoms like warts, Dr. Shenouda might prescribe a topical solution. Some ointments for women involve inserting a small suppository into your vagina. Since certain STDs can lead to birth defects, if you’re pregnant, you need to get treatment right away.
While some STDs, like AIDS and HIV, can’t be cured, they can be managed, so prevention is key. After Dr. Shenouda prescribes a treatment, he can also teach you how to prevent future infections.
At this point, you may want to have an open and honest conversation with your sexual partner about your STD. Once you’ve been diagnosed with an STD, you should take safety measures to prevent the infection from spreading to others. Wearing condoms and refraining from sexual activity during a flare-up can prevent transmission.
Book your STD screening at the practice of Emile Shenouda, MD, by using the online scheduling system, or calling his clinic.