Sexually Transmitted Diseases Specialist


Primary Care Practice & Pain Management located in Lancaster, Lancaster, OH & Westerville, OH

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can cause serious problems when left untreated. At PrimeMD, with locations in North Columbus, Newark, Lancaster, Westerville, Kenton, Marion, Wilmington, Dublin, and New Albany, Ohio, the expert medical team offers STD testing and treatment to restore your sexual health and reduce the risk of complications. Call the nearest office to schedule STD testing or book an appointment online today.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Q & A

What are STDs?

STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) are diseases you contract after having oral, vaginal, or anal sex with an infected person. They’re caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites that can pass from person to person through semen, blood, or vaginal fluids. They could also pass from mother to baby during pregnancy or childbirth or via shared needles.

What are the common types of STDs?

STDs that can develop in someone who is sexually active include:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Genital herpes
  • HIV

Some of these STDs are curable, while others are not. STD testing if you’re at risk and treatment when necessary can get rid of an STD or reduce symptoms and the chance of spreading it to a partner.

What are the symptoms of STDs?

Not every STD causes symptoms. However, if you do have symptoms, you could experience:

  • Genital sores or bumps
  • Painful urination
  • Burning with urination
  • Penis discharge
  • New or unusual vaginal discharge
  • Odorous vaginal discharge
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding
  • Pain with sexual intercourse
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Swollen lymph nodes in your groin
  • Rash or fever

Your symptoms might appear within a few days after exposure to an STD or several years later in some cases.

Complications associated with untreated STDs may include infertility, rectal cancer, or cervical cancer.

What is STD testing?

To diagnose an STD, PrimeMD specialists discuss your medical history, lifestyle, and symptoms you may have. They complete a physical examination to look for visible signs of STDs. STD testing often involves blood tests, urine tests, or testing samples from open sores or cervical cells in women.

How are STDs treated?

Common STD treatments include taking antibiotics or antiviral medications. Antibiotics can cure certain types of STDs, while antiviral medicines help reduce unpleasant symptoms and the amount of virus present in your body. But if you have a viral STD, such as genital herpes or HIV, it remains in your body, and you can spread the virus to other people — even after treatment.

Avoid sexual intercourse during STD treatment, and your partner must get treated too.

How can I reduce the risk of getting STDs?

There are several ways you can reduce your chance of getting and spreading STDs including 

  • Practice safe sexual intercourse
  • Use a condom each time you have sex
  • Have sex with just one mutually monogamous partner who has tested negative for STDs, or avoid sexual intercourse altogether 
  • Get the HPV vaccine if your provider recommends it

To find out if you have STDs or get treated for them, call the nearest PrimeMD office or schedule an appointment online today.