vaginal infectionsSexually Transmitted Infections (STD's)

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STD's) can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites. Many gynecologists test for STDs by doing a culture. Cultures detects STDs only ~70% of the time when they are present. I use PCR technology (a DNA type of test) that can accurately identify gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, HPV, trichomonas, syphilis, and several others with a 98% certainty. I recommend testing for HIV, syphilis, and or Herpes by doing blood tests.


Vaginal Infections

Vaginal Infections are usually caused by either bacteria or yeast that are not sexually transmitted (not STDs.) The symptoms are very similar with a whitish discharge. A gynecologist can usually tell what type of infection is present by looking at vaginal discharge under the microscope. If you are having recurrent infections or a resistant infection, we will discuss a PCR test (DNA type of test) that will identify different types of yeast or candida and/or test for different types of bacteria that can cause BV or bacterial vaginosis plus 2 common STDs (STIs - sexually transmitted infections) gonorrhea and chlamydia which may have similar symptoms (this test is usually covered by your insurance.)

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