Screening and Treatment for Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Certain sexually transmitted infections, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, can cause damage to the fallopian tubes and result in infertility. At Chapel Hill Gynecology, we know how important it is to be sure that you are free of any sexually transmitted infections, and offer confidential screening and treatment for all sexually transmitted infections. Testing is easily obtained at the time of an annual examination, or a separate office visit can be scheduled if there is concern at another time. Test results are communicated directly to you via our secure web portal as soon as they are available, and antibiotics can be prescribed if testing is positive.
It is also important to have blood testing for certain other sexually transmitted infections, such as hepatits B, hepatitis C, HIV, and syphilis. It is especially important for women who were born between 1945 and 1965 (the “baby boom” generation) to be screened for hepatitis C, which can be a silent killer. Infection with hepatitis C is most often asymptomatic, and can result in liver damage, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer. Baby boomers are 5 times more likely to have hepatitis C than other adults are. Screening for all blood-borne sexually transmitted infections is available at Chapel Hill Gynecology.