STD Screenings Specialist

Andrea J. Capalbo, MD, PC -  - OB/GYN

Andrea J. Capalbo, MD, PC

OB/GYN located in Midtown, New York, NY

Regular STD screening is important for any woman who is sexually active. Midtown, New York residents can rely on local OB/GYN Dr. Andrea J. Capalbo to help with regular well woman exams, treatment for vaginal infections, STD screening, and more.

STD Screenings Q & A

What is an STD?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that are in most cases passed through unprotected sex or IV drug use. Less commonly, STDs can also be transmitted to a baby during childbirth or through breastfeeding.

What is included in an STD screening?

STD screenings are customized based on the patient, her history, and any symptoms she may be having. There isn't a single test for all STDs. To determine which STDs should be tested for, Dr. Capalbo and the patient will discuss the patient’s: number of partners, types of protection used, past or present symptoms, and STD history.

What is a standard STD blood panel?

A standard STD panel is a blood test that can check for 10 of the current most frequently occurring STDs. These include: syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, hepatitis A, B, and C, herpes, and HIV. When the patient appears to show symptoms of one of these STDs, the doctor may recommend a standard blood panel because some of these diseases may occur simultaneously.

How do culture STD tests work?

Cultures are tests that allow for the study of samples under a microscope. The sample, for example, vaginal discharge, a tiny amount of tissue, or saliva, is obtained with a sterile swab.

When should patients get tested for STDs?

Anyone who is sexually active, or who has been sexually active in the past, should be tested for STDs on a regular basis. Most STDs don't have obvious symptoms in their early stages, and some STDs never exhibit any signs at all. If patients aren’t tested for STDs regularly, they may be unknowingly passing diseases to other people. Additionally, by not having STD screenings a woman may be gambling with her own health and wellness. The sooner that an STD is identified, the better the chances or effective treatment.

What is the treatment for herpes?

If STD tests indicate that the patient has herpes, there are methods for managing symptoms, however, there currently is no cure for herpes, Dr. Capalbo can prescribe antiviral medication that can greatly reduce the outbreaks. People who suffer from herpes may benefit from daily suppressive therapy, as well. This offers the additional benefit of lowering the chance of passing herpes to sexual partners.

Major Insurance Plans Accepted

At Dr. Capalbo's office, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office and ask for Trish if you do not see your insurance provider listed here.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield - PPO Only
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Oxford Liberty/Freedom
United Healthcare
US Family Health Plan