STD Screenings

STD Screenings Specialists
Studies show that approximately 110 million people in the United States have a sexually transmitted disease (STD) at any given time, which is why STD screening is so important. Dr. Payum Abdarbashi and Dr. Dilip Anmangandla of Pacific MD are equipped to perform all STD screenings, confidentially and comfortably, at their two offices in Woodland Hills and Agoura Hills, California.

STD Screenings Q & A

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What is an STD?

STDs are sexually transmitted diseases and, as the name implies, they are passed from person to person through sexual activity. The sexual activity generally encompasses vaginal, anal, and oral intercourse.

STDs are considered chronic, and if left untreated, can become very problematic. The good news is there are many effective treatments for STDs that keep symptoms at bay, which is why regular screenings are so important. The earlier you can detect the disease and start treatment, the better.

Who should get tested for STDs?

If you are sexually active you should be screened for STDs at least once, if not more often, depending on your risk factors. If you engage in higher risk activities, you should get tested regularly. These activities include:

  • Having sex with multiple partners
  • Having sex with someone who has multiple partners
  • Having unprotected sex

Often, you may not know you have an STD because no symptoms are present, but you are still at risk of passing the infection to someone else.

What STDs are screened?

The following STDs can be screened, though ones you should get screened for largely depends on your gender and your risk for exposure:

  • HIV
  • Hepatitis
  • Herpes
  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia
  • Syphilis

The tests are done through either urine or blood analyses.

How often should I get screened?

The Center for Disease Control recommends the following: 

  • All adults between 13-64 should be tested for HIV at least once.
  • Annual gonorrhea and chlamydia screenings for sexually active women under 25, or women of any age who have multiple sex partners.
  • All pregnant women should test for HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis B. Pregnant women with higher risk factors should also test for chlamydia and gonorrhea.
  • Annual screening for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis for gay or bisexual men.
  • HIV tests for bisexual or gay men should be performed at least annually, more often with higher risk factors.
  • Anyone who has unsafe sex should test regularly for all STDs.

Dr. Abdarbashi and Dr. Anmangandla will guide you through the screening process discreetly and comfortably.

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6325 Topanga Canyon Boulevard
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Woodland Hills, CA 91367