Skip to main content

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Specialist

Patrick L. Allen, MD, II, PLLC

Gynecologists located in Richland Hills, TX

In the Richland Hills, TX community, you can stay in good health by regularly screening for and treating sexually transmitted diseases. Dr. Patrick Allen, MD and his competent staff will educate you about how to protect yourself in the future from STDs.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Q & A

What are sexually transmitted diseases?

Sexually transmitted diseases are infections that a person acquires during sexual contact. STDs are caused by parasites, bacteria, yeast, and viruses. These organisms may be passed between people through blood, semen, vaginal secretions, or other body fluids. In some cases, an STD can be passed along from a mother to a child during childbirth. Other methods of transmission may include blood transfusions and sharing needles.

What are the symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases?

Sexually transmitted diseases do not always cause symptoms. Also, symptom presentation may differ between people, which is why many cases of STDs go undiagnosed and untreated. For those who do experience symptoms, they may notice any of the following:

  • Bleeding in or around the vagina
  • Discharge that is unusual in smell or consistency
  • Fever
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Rash over the torso, hands, or feet
  • Pain during sex
  • Pain during urination
  • Sores on the genitals, the mouth, or the rectum
  • Swollen lymph nodes, primarily in the pelvic area

If you notice any of the following signs and symptoms, call to schedule an appointment for STD screening right away. In some situations, early detection can reduce the chances of long-term health complications.

Why should I be screened for sexually transmitted diseases?

Although these infections affect both men and women, in women, the consequences to health may be greater. Complications of STDs can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and infertility. Plus, there is a risk of serious health problems in infants who are born to mothers with STDs. That’s why it’s important for sexually active women to undergo screening on a regular basis.

The only way to prevent STDs is to abstain from sexual intercourse or sexual contact altogether. Condoms, however, are effective at reducing your risk of contracting STDs.

Patients at Patrick L. Allen, MD, II, PLLC Gynecology Practice may call to set up an appointment for STD screening during office hours.

Insurance Plans

We are a contracted provider for many health plans, and we have listed only a few here. Please contact our office at 817-590-8700 if you do not see your Insurance plan listed.

Great West Health Care
Principal Life
Principal PPO