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Sexually Transmitted Infection Screening

BID Plymouth OB/GYN & Midwifery

We have three convenient locations on the South Shore and Cape Cod.


46 Obery Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
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95 Tremont Street
Suite 10
Duxbury, MA 02332
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Cape Cod

83 Route 130
Forestdale, MA 02644
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About Sexually Transmitted Infections / Diseases

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), also known as Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are infections that are spread through sexual contact.

Our OB/GYN & Midwifery team provides age-appropriate and risk-related STI screenings. We can perform STI screenings at your annual exam or you can schedule a separate appointment for the screening and to discuss potential implications of positive results. Screenings may include a vaginal or cervical culture or blood tests.

Sexually Transmitted Infections are a serious public health problem worldwide. Many people who have STIs don’t have any symptoms, which increases not only the risk of complications but also spread of the disease in the community.

If left undiagnosed and untreated, complications from STI's can lead to significant disease including upper genital tract infection, infertility and cervical cancer, and even death. Many of the most common STIs are easily curable when they are caught early, so it is important to make sure you are regularly screened, even if you don't have symptoms.

STI Screening

We follow the STI screening recommendations set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, which publishes guidelines for treatment and management of these diseases. The CDC recommends that anyone at risk of acquiring an STI should be screened. Risk factors include young age, unmarried status, urban residence, new sex partners, multiple sex partners, personal history of STIs and illicit drug use.

Screening of STIs can include testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, trichomoniasis, hepatitis (A,B and C), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), herpes simplex virus (HSV) and human papilloma virus (HPV). Appropriate and timely testing is imperative to control of the spread of these sexually transmitted infections. Which tests are recommended are based on an individual's personal history, age, their risk factors and their presenting symptoms.

If you are not in a long-term, mutually monogamous relationship, we recommend limiting exposure to potential STIs by using condoms every time you have sex, even if you are on birth control.

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