Blessings OB/GYN and Women's Care -  - OB/GYN

Smriti Rana, MD, FACOG

OB/GYN located in Glendale, AZ

STD Screening Specialist

Sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, can cause uncomfortable symptoms and lead to serious complications. Dr. Smriti Rana of Blessings OB/GYN and Women’s Care offers STD screening and treatment to patients throughout Glendale, Arizona. Patients interested in this service should contact Blessings OB/GYN and Women’s Care to make an appointment.

STD Screening Q & A

by Smriti Rana, MD, FACOG

What are STDs?

Sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, are infections transmitted from 1 person to another through unprotected sexual contact. Some of the most common STDs include syphilis, pubic lice, hepatitis B, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), chlamydia, genital warts, genital herpes, and human papillomavirus (HPV). STDs can also be transmitted through intravenous drug use.

What are the symptoms of STDs?

The symptoms of STDs vary and include:

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal itching
  • Blisters or warts on the genitals
  • Rash on the genitals
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Pelvic pain
  • Fever

In many cases, STDs won’t cause any symptoms. For this reason, STD screening is essential for anyone who has had unprotected sex.

How does Dr. Rana diagnose STDs?

Dr. Rana uses different screening tests to check for STDs. Depending on the patient’s risk factors and symptoms, she may test for all common STDs, or she may test for a specific infection. Even if a patient’s symptoms indicate the presence of a specific infection, Dr. Rana may still order a test to confirm the diagnosis.

What treatments are available?

Various treatments for STDs are available. For example, infections caused by bacteria may require treatment with an antibiotic. In most cases, these types of STDs are curable, but STDs caused by viruses are usually incurable. If a patient has a viral STD, Dr. Rana may prescribe medication to control the symptoms.

When should a patient schedule STD screening?

A patient who has unprotected sex can contract an STD. Patients should always request STD screening if:

  • They're having unprotected sex with multiple partners
  • They’ve had unprotected sex with a partner who has been diagnosed with an STD
  • They’ve been diagnosed with an STD in the past and have continued to have unprotected sex
  • They’ve been forced to have unprotected sex with anyone
  • They're planning to become pregnant and may be at risk for an STD
  • They’ve used intravenous drugs

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  • Healthgrades

    "I would definitely recommend Dr. Rana ... She has been my doctor for the last 4 years and is always wiling to help and spend time with you in the room."

    Karen Q.
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    "They make you feel very comfortable. The Dr. is absolutely lovely and gentle."

    Vanessa H.
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    "I love the staff. I love the doctor. I would definitely recommend this office and doctor."

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Location
Blessings OB/GYN and Women's Care
18555 North 79th Avenue, Suite B-102
Glendale, AZ 85308
Phone: 623-900-2929
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