Patients should be screened or tested for Chlamydia during their yearly Annual exams. Other tests such as gonorrhea and syphilis screening should be offered if a patient’s medical or sexual history includes prior exposure to syphilis or a positive test result for another STD.
A Pap Smear, which detects changes to the cervix that may indicate exposure to Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is a routine part of all pelvic exams. If a pap test indicates possible exposure a follow-up test called a Colposcopy may be indicated to confirm the presence of HPV.
If you test positive for a STD (gonorrhea, syphilis, Chlamydia, HIV) which are communicable diseases, Florida law requires that the positive test be reported to the health departments within 24 hours in which our offices serve. We will also contact you and have you come in and inform you of your test result and place you on a treatment plan.
At the follow-up visit, you’ll be encouraged to tell any partners about the infection so that they can also be tested and treated if necessary. Or, if you prefer, you can relay the names of your partners to the health department and they will contact your partners for testing and treatment if necessary.
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