STD Specialist

Kinfolk Family Health -  - Nurse Practitioner

Kinfolk Family Health

Nurse Practitioners & Primary Care Practice located in Montclair, NJ

Every year, more than 20 million people in the United States contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Many STDs don’t cause symptoms, and the only way to know you have one is to get tested. Rakiyah Jones, DNP, FNP-BC, referred to as Dr. Kai, at Kinfolk Family Health in Montclair, New Jersey, offers STD testing so you can get the treatment you need to clear up or manage the infection. For an appointment, call the office today or book online.

STD Q & A

What are STDs?

STDs refer to contagious illnesses that are transmitted through sexual intercourse. They can be bacterial, viral, or parasitic. Common STDs include:

  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Gonorrhea and chlamydia
  • Hepatitis C
  • Herpes
  • Genital warts
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis


STDs are serious infections that require appropriate treatment to prevent further health complications. STDs are especially harmful to women and may affect future fertility. If you’re sexually active, you should get tested for STDs for you and your sexual partner’s protection.

 

Do STDs cause symptoms?

STDs don’t always cause symptoms, and in many cases, the only way to know you have an STD is to get tested. If you do develop symptoms related to an STD, you may experience:

  • Pain during urination
  • Painful intercourse
  • Skin rash
  • Weight loss
  • Night sweats
  • Development of sores or warts on your genitalia
  • Foul smelling discharge
  • Fever or chills
  • Various aches and pains
  • Severe genital itching


If you’re experiencing these symptoms, contact Kinfolk Family Health right away to schedule your confidential, nonjudgmental STD test.

 

How do I get tested for STDs?

Dr. Kai offers many in-office STD tests that provide results within 20 minutes. Some of the in-office tests include:

  • HIV
  • Hepatitis C
  • Chlamydia


He may recommend additional testing that takes more time to get results. Dr. Kai may also be able to determine what type of STD you have during your physical exam and review of your symptoms.

 

What if my STD test is positive?

If your STD test is positive, Dr. Kai may recommend another test to confirm or rule out that you have an STD. Then, he provides the most appropriate treatment to clear up or manage your STD.

If you have a bacterial or parasitic STD such as chlamydia, Dr. Kai prescribes medication to treat the infection and affirming sex-positive counseling so you can continue to have a safe, satisfying, and healthy sex life! KinFolk Family Health offers confidential rapid HIV testing. If you test positive, Dr. Kai will provide you support, initial medication management, and refer you to counseling and supportive community services you need to keep you healthy!

STDs are very common, and you shouldn’t delay testing due to embarrassment. For confidential and compassionate care, call Kinfolk Family Health today or request an appointment online.