STD Testing

Michele Martinho, MD -  - Internist

Michele Martinho, MD

Internist located in New York, NY

If you’re sexually active, sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing should be a part of your overall health and wellness plan. Dr. Michele Martinho offers comprehensive STD testing at her Gramercy, New York City practice and can combine screening with a thorough physical exam, helping you make the most of your visit. STD screening is the only way to gain a comprehensive understanding of your sexual health, so book your appointment today. Online scheduling is one option, or you can call or visit the office to set up your appointment.

STD Testing Q & A

Michele Martinho, MD

Why is sexual transmitted disease (STD) screening so important?

STDs continue to be a pressing public health issue and can be a deeply personal matter that can have lasting negative effects on the relationship between you and your partner. Getting tested is the only way to know for sure if you have a sexually transmitted disease or infection.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 20 million new sexually transmitted infections occur in America each year. Even more distressing, it’s believed that one out of every two sexually active men and women will contract an STD before they reach the age of 25.

Sexually transmitted infections can cause serious health issues, including infertility, cancer, and in the case of HIV, possibly death.

Who should get screened for STDs?

If you’re sexually active and not involved in a mutually monogamous relationship in which both partners have received screening, you should book an appointment for comprehensive STD testing. Many sexually transmitted infections cause no symptoms.

Some STDs can be cleared up with a relatively simple course of treatment. Others, however, are incurable and can be spread without proper precautions. Understanding your personal sexual health gives you the information you need to take care of yourself and prevent the spread of disease to others.

Is STD testing painful?

There are several screening options available, none of which are painful. If you have an active STD, you might find the exam and testing uncomfortable. However, in those cases, you probably already had discomfort that led you to seek testing.

What are some common STDs?

There are numerous STDs, some of which are more common than others. Some examples include:

  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Genital herpes
  • HIV
  • Syphilis
  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia
  • Hepatitis

The prevalence of each disease tends to shift over time, but all of these STDs are still common enough today to pose a serious risk to your health.

What if I test positive for an STD?

If your screening reveals signs of an STD, Dr. Michele Martinho explains your treatment options. Some infections can be cleared up with a simple course of antibiotics.

If you have genital herpes, HIV, or hepatitis, you’ll need to pursue long-term treatment to mitigate the risks of these diseases. Dr. Martinho explains your treatment options and helps you decide on a path that is best for you.

STD testing plays an important role in your overall health care, so schedule an appointment today.



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