Fred A. Williams, MD
Gynecologist located in Paris, TX
Did you know that half of the sexually active population in the United States will contract a sexually transmitted disease by the time they’re 25, with up to 20 million cases of STDs diagnosed each year? STDs are very common, but most are highly treatable as long as you stay on top of testing with the help of Dr. Fred A. Williams, MD, at his office in Paris, Texas. Dr. Williams offers discreet and nonjudgmental STD testing, giving you peace of mind and the treatment you need. To learn more, call or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.
STD Testing Q & A
Why is STD testing important?
Gone are the days when sexually transmitted diseases were swept under the carpet and ignored at the peril of your health. Thanks to increasing awareness, STD testing should be part of your routine and preventive health care, especially if you engage in certain high-risk activities such as:
- Unprotected sex
- Sex with multiple partners
- Sex with someone you know has an STD
You can avoid the serious complications of an untreated STD by seeking medical intervention with Dr. Williams as early on as possible. In fact, Dr. Williams can clear up most STDs with some simple medications if he catches the disease early enough.
What STDs should I be tested for?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Dr. Williams recommend the following screening schedule for sexually active women:
- Test at least once for HIV between ages 13-64
- Annual chlamydia and gonorrhea screening for sexually active women younger than 25 and women of all ages who fall into the risk categories listed above
- Screening for the human papillomavirus (HPV) every three years
This schedule represents routine screening, but if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, get in to see Dr. Williams as soon as possible:
- Strange discharge
- Fever or flu-like symptoms
- Bumps or sores around your genitalia and anus
- Itching or burning
- Painful urination
Many of these symptoms are caused by other issues, but a simple test can rule out or confirm the presence of an STD.
What happens during STD testing?
Depending on your symptoms and the diseases being screened for, Dr. Williams tests for STDs using the following methods:
- Urine tests
- A swab of your cervix (Pap test)
- Blood work
- A swab of your discharge or sore
With some of these tests, Dr. Williams is able to perform an in-office culture, while for others he sends the tests to a medical lab.
When your results are in, Dr. Williams reviews them with you. If you test positive for an STD, Dr. Williams gets you started on the appropriate treatment. If your results are negative, you can breathe a sigh of relief and discuss your future testing schedule with Dr. Williams.
To stay one step ahead of STDs, call Dr. Fred A. Williams, MD, in Paris, Texas, to get set up for an appropriate testing schedule or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.