Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Specialist

Stephanie Buck-Haskin, MD, F.A.C.O.G. -  - OB-GYN

Stephanie Buck-Haskin, MD, F.A.C.O.G.

OB-GYN & Weight Loss Specialist located in Great Neck, NY & Rego Park, NY

As an experienced gynecologist in Great Neck and Rego Park, NY, Dr. Buck-Haskin is skilled in diagnosing sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) and managing their treatment, helping women relieve symptoms and enjoy more comfortable, more confident and healthier lives.

Sexually Transmitted Disease Q & A

by Stephanie Buck-Haskin, MD, F.A.C.O.G.

What symptoms do sexually-transmitted diseases cause?

The symptoms of sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) can vary considerably based on the disease that's present. Some of the more common symptoms include:

  • pain when urinating or having sex

  • discharge from the vagina or penis

  • sores or bumps in the genital area

  • swelling around the genitals

  • lower abdominal pain

  • low fever and other flu-like symptoms

How can I tell if I need to be screened for STDs?

The Federal Department of Health recommends every person who is sexually active be screened for the presence of STDs every year. Men and women who have multiple partners, don't use condoms or have other risky behaviors should be tested every three to six months. Frequent and regular screening ensures STDs are more likely to be identified during their early stages, when they may cause for symptoms or no symptoms at all. That means they can be treated before they have a chance to progress and cause serious side effects or uncomfortable symptoms, and it also means there's less risk you'll pass an STD to someone else. Most tests return accurate results a few weeks after engaging in risky sexual contact.

Are STDs curable?

Most STDs can be cured with medications, but there are some, like HIV, herpes and genital warts, which cannot be cured. However, these diseases can be managed to provide symptom relief and help you maintain optimal health.

What is the screening process like?

STD screening begins with a discussion of your symptoms as well as your sexual activity. A physical exam will also be performed to look for signs of disease. You may have urinalysis and blood work, and a Pap test will be performed to look for abnormal cells around your cervix (the opening of your uterus). Depending on the results, other tests may also be performed.

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