STD

Kirill Zhadovich, MD, SC

Internal Medicine & Family Medicine located in Niles, IL

Did you know that 1 million sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are acquired every day globally? Though STDs are incredibly common, many don’t present any obvious symptoms. As a result, it’s easy to pass them onto others without even realizing it. At Kirill Zhadovich, MD, SC in Niles, Illinois, internal medicine physician Dr. Zhadovich and family physician Alex Kostiv, MD, offers STD testing in a comfortable and discreet environment. To make your appointment, call the office or click the online booking tool today.

STD Q & A

What are sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are diseases that are spread by having sexual intercourse. It’s possible to contract an STD from any sexual activity that involves the anus, mouth, penis, or vagina.

STDs are incredibly common. Research from the American Social Health Organization suggests that by age 25, half of all sexually active Americans will have at least one STD. The team at Kirill Zhadovich, MD, SC regularly diagnoses and treats a number of STDs including:

  • Genital herpes
  • Hepatitis B
  • Chlamydia
  • Syphilis
  • Gonorrhea

The team also has experience treating human papillomavirus (HPV) and HIV.  

What are the symptoms of STDs?

Many STDs don’t present symptoms in their early stages, so it’s easy to pass them onto others without realizing it. However, as your STD progresses, you might experience:

  • Swelling near your genitals
  • Painful urination
  • Skin rash
  • Painful sex
  • Itching near your genitals
  • Aches or a fever

You might also experience weight loss or yellowing of your skin, a medical condition known as jaundice. 

Is there any way to prevent STDs?

The only way to prevent STDs entirely is by not having sex. If you’re sexually active with multiple partners, it’s important to practice safe sex. This means wearing a condom every time you have sex and choosing partners responsibly. 

The team at Kirill Zhadovich, MD, SC also recommends educating yourself about STDs and investing in regular STD testing. 

How are STDs diagnosed?

At Kirill Zhadovich, MD, SC the team diagnoses STDs by performing a physical exam, reviewing your medical history, and asking about your symptoms. If necessary, they might also order a blood or urine test to rule out other potential conditions. 

If you test positive for one or more STDs, your provider develops a treatment plan that helps relieve your symptoms and protect your intimate partners. 

How are STDs treated?

The treatment for STDs depends on the type of STD you have. If you’re diagnosed with an STD like syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea, your doctor might prescribe a series of antibiotics. Make sure to take your medications as prescribed and attend all follow-up appointments. 

Some STDs like HIV and herpes are incurable. However, prescription medications and lifestyle changes can help you live a happy, healthy, and active life. 

To schedule an STD testing appointment at Kirill Zhadovich, MD, SC, call the office or click the online booking tool today.