At Manhattan Primary Care Specialists in NYC, our general practitioners and primary care doctors offer sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing in a safe and confidential environment. Our award-winning New York physicians are accepting patients in Midtown Manhattan and Upper East Side, NYC.
Often time people are asymptomatic and are unaware of their potential to transmit these infections.
We know that this is a sensitive subject and very anxiety provoking. As such, our award winning physicians can help you to get answers and put your concerns to rest. In females, symptoms of common STDs may include burning or pain during urination, abnormal/blood vaginal discharge, abdominal pain, itching, fever, swollen glands, warts, sores and other symptoms and may also be without symptoms. In males, STD’s may present with pain during urination, abnormal penile discharge, inflammation of the testicles or prostate, fever, sores and other symptoms or can be asymptomatic.
STDs are very common and while some diseases have symptoms to alert the person of a possible infection, often time people are asymptomatic and are unaware of their potential to transmit these infections. It is important to be evaluated by one of our board certified primary care physicians to diagnose these diseases and prevent their transmission.
We offer testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, as well as for herpes virus, HPV (the virus that causes anogenital warts and anal cancer), hepatitis and HIV. These tests include blood test as well as swabs and cultures for these microorganisms. Some examples of testing are below.
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection that can affect the anus as well as the genitals. Symptoms are often not present, but when they are, these include vaginal or penile discharge, pain with intercourse, painful urination or rectal bleeding (if it involves the rectum).
Testing includes a simple swab depending on the area affected, which includes the penile meatus (the opening where urine exits), anus/rectum, as well as the cervix. Fortunately, Chlamydia is curable with antibiotics.
Gonorrhea is another sexually transmitted disease that is also mostly asymptomatic. When symptoms are present, they tend to be vaginal or penile discharge. Pain with intercourse can be present as well as bleeding, and painful urination.
Gonorrhea, similar to Chlamydia, can also be tested using a simple swab depending on the area affected. This can also be treated with antibiotics.
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that can present in many ways. There are different stages of syphilis and each may present with different symptoms ranging from genital ulcers that are painless to rashes on the body and palms and soles of the feet. If left untreated, serious complications can occur. As such, testing for infection with syphilis is very important. Testing includes taking a blood sample. In some cases, testing the fluid from the sores can be diagnostic.
Herpes is transmitted sexually and some people infected with this do not have any symptoms at all. Yet, it can be easily spread despite no symptoms. For some, a painful blister that can turn into an ulcer develops. Testing for herpes include blood test as well as collecting a sample from the sore with a swab.
Hepatitis B is a virus that can be transmitted from an infected mother to her neonate during delivery. It is also transmitted sexually through blood and bodily fluids, like semen; as well as via blood to blood contact. Symptoms can vary from rashes, yellowing of the skin, dark urine, fatigue, or none at all. Unrecognized hepatitis B infection can lead to serious complications including cirrhosis and liver cancer.
Testing for Hepatitis B include a blood test. Currently, there is treatment for hepatitis B but no cure.
HIV is a virus like Hepatitis B, which can also be transmitted through bodily fluids, blood, and can be passed on from the mother to her newborn child. Symptoms are very non-specific and usually none at all.
Testing includes a blood test. Currently, although there are now improved medications to combat HIV, unfortunately, there still isn’t a cure, making prevention the most important aspect in avoiding infection.
If you have any concerns or would like to discuss whether you are at risk and should be tested, you can contact us at Manhattan Primary Care. Please visit us at one of our convenient locations in NYC. Medical guidelines are constantly changing and it’s important to obtain a full evaluation by a primary care doctor for evaluation of any and all symptoms. We look forward to meeting you.