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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Dr. Capalbo takes time to listen and think about your specific problems, seems extremely knowledgeable and has many years of experience. I would recommend her."
"Met the doctor and she is amazing. She listened to all of my concerns and went with the needed exam. She was very friendly and gentle. Highly recommend her!"
"I have been seeing Dr. Capalbo for a number of years now. She is such a nice woman and I am very happy with her overall."
"Dr. Capalbo was so wonderful! She was patient, attentive, a good listener. She really took everything I was saying seriously and was so knowledgable and calm."
"Dr. Capalbo is a great doctor who is always available for questions. I've been going for 3 years now and plan to continue."