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STD Testing Specialist

Gurprit Sekhon, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Nu Wave Medical Center

Gurprit Sekhon, MD

Internal Medicine located in Panama City Beach, FL

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) aren’t talked about enough, but it’s a public health concern that affects 20 million people each year. Gurprit Sekhon, MD, at Nu Wave Medical Center in Panama City Beach, Florida, provides confidential STD testing at her on-site lab. If you have any concerns about STDs, get tested now. Call today, or use the online booking button to schedule an appointment.

STD Testing Q & A

What are STDs?

An STD is an infection that gets passed from person-to-person through sexual contact. An STD can be a bacterial, viral, parasitic, or yeast infection.

Common STDs include:

  • Gonorrhea and chlamydia
  • Syphilis
  • Genital herpes
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Trichomoniasis

Both men and women can contract STDs, but they tend to affect women more severely than men and can cause infertility.

Condoms may offer some protection against STDs, but they aren’t a failsafe system. The only way to avoid an STD is abstinence from oral, anal, and vaginal intercourse. If you’re sexually active with multiple partners, you should get tested regularly to keep yourself healthy and safe.

How do I know if I have an STD?

STDs don’t always present with symptoms and if you suspect you may have been exposed to an STD the only way to know is to get tested. Symptoms also vary depending on the type of infection you have.

Common symptoms of STDs include:

  • Genital pain or discomfort
  • Genital itch or sores
  • Vaginal or penile discharge
  • Painful urination
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Fever, sore throat, or fatigue

If you have any of these symptoms, call Nu Wave Medical Center to schedule your STD test. Early treatment may help prevent other health complications, such as infertility.

What types of tests are available for STDs?

Testing for STDs is usually quick and painless. Dr. Sekhon can determine the best test for you based on your symptoms — if you have any — and your sexual history. She may need a urine or blood sample to conduct the test. Nu Wave Medical Center is equipped with an on-site lab for quick results.

What if my test comes back positive?

If you have an STD, Dr. Sekhon can provide treatment to help manage your infection. Antibiotics can clear up any infections caused by a bacteria, yeast, or parasite. However, if you have a viral STD, such as HIV or HPV, there is no cure, but Dr. Sekhon can provide treatment to help manage symptoms.

For confidential STD testing from a compassionate team of medical professionals, call Nu Wave Medical Center, or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.