If you have an STD, it’s important to know how to have safer sex and avoid passing it on. Many STDs can be easily cured with medication, however you need to practice safe sex while you are undergoing treatment. Here are some things you can do to protect your partners.
- Always use condoms and dental dams during oral, anal, and vaginal sex.
- Avoid having sex at all if you have any STD symptoms such as sores or warts around your genitals, weird discharge from your penis, vagina or anus, or itching, pain, irritation and/or swelling in your penis, vagina, vulva, or anus.
- See a doctor for treatment of your STD as soon as possible.
- If you have a curable STD, take all of your medication the way your doctor tells you to. Do not stop even if your symptoms disappear. Your partner should be treated as well. It's best to avoid sex until you both finish your treatment.
- If you have an STD that can’t be cured (like HIV or herpes), talk with your doctor about medicines that can help lower your chances of spreading it to a partner.
- Always tell your sexual partners that you have an STD before you have sex.
We want to make the situation as comfortable for you as possible. Dr. John has years of experience and training. As such, he is used to testing for all types of infections. He will clearly explain to you what your test involves. Additionally, he can ask about your sexual history, symptoms and why you think you might have an infection. For us, your comfort is key.
Your test can involve a urine sample, a swab from your urethra or vagina or a genital examination. Most test results come out the same day. In case they don’t, we will contact you either via phone, text, email or an unmarked letter depending on your preferences.
In case you test positive for an STD, there are a variety of treatment options available. For gonorrhea, we administer oral tablets or injections. The antibiotics completely heal the disease. Syphilis is treated with a one-time injection. Diseases like bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis are also treated by antibiotic use. Viral infections such as genital herpes and HIV/AIDS are not curable. However, we administer medication that reduces symptoms associated with AIDS.
Sunset Walk-In Healthcare is pleased to announce that we are accepting new General Practice patients at Sunset Walk-In Healthcare in West Hollywood, CA. New patients with Covered California and other PPO insurance plans who want Dr. Foster as their primary care physician [PCP] are always welcomed at Sunset Walk-In Healthcare! Let our friendly front desk know if you are registering as a General Practice new patient!