Helping You Take Control Of Your Sexual Health

STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) and STIs (sexually transmitted infections) are infections passed through sexual contact, usually through intimate skin-to-skin contact or oral, vaginal or anal sex. STD/STIs can be bacterial, viral or parasitic, and vary in their severity. While it can be scary to learn you have an STD/STI, Dr. Frederick and the team at Hibiscus Medical are here to help you fully understand your STD/STI, listen to your concerns, ease your anxieties and develop a customized STD treatment plan that is right for you.


Symptoms Of STD/STIs

STDs and STIs vary in severity and symptoms. However, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, contact our team at Hibiscus Medical in Washington, D.C. to schedule an appointment. Symptoms of concern include:

  • Fever

  • Anal itching or bleeding

  • Itching or irritation in the genitals or throat

  • Sores or warts in the genital area or the throat

  • Blisters or sores around the mouth

  • Painful urination

  • Painful or unusual discharge from the vagina or penis

STD/STIs We Treat

There are many different types of STD/STIs, some more common than others. Dr. Frederick and the team at Hibiscus Medical are experienced in treating a variety of STD/STIs, including but not limited to:

  • Syphilis

  • HPV

  • HIV/Aids

  • Chlamydia

  • Herpes

  • Gonorrhea

  • Trichomoniasis

Many STD/STIs do not display any symptoms, so it is possible to be infected and not know it. That’s why it is so important to have regular annual wellness exams and/or women’s health exams to detect STD/STIs early on before they progress or are unknowingly spread to another person. Left untreated, many STD/STIs can lead to more serious health conditions and infertility. While some STD/STIs can be treated with medication, others do not have a definitive cure.

Types of STD/STI Screenings

The type of STD/STI screening that Dr. Frederick will perform depends on your symptoms and the suspected infection. There are three main methods of STD/STI testing:

During a swab test, Dr. Frederick will use a swab to gently scrape sample material from the affected area. Swab tests are most commonly used to diagnose herpes, gonorrhea and HPV.

During a blood test, a member of the Hibiscus Medical team will take a small blood sample from your arm. Blood tests are most commonly used to diagnose HIV and syphilis

During a urine test, you will be asked to provide a sample of urine in a cup provided by Dr. Frederick or a member of the Hibiscus Medical team. Urine tests are most commonly used to diagnose trichomoniasis.

Tips for Preventing STD/STIs

In addition to providing STD treatment to patients, Dr. Frederick aims to thoroughly educate patients about safe sex practices and STD/STI prevention, and eliminate the stigma surrounding infections. Safe sex practices include:

  • Get tested for STD/STIs before and after each new sexual partner

  • Limit overall sexual partners

  • Use condoms

  • Talk to your partner about their history of STD/STIs

  • Look for symptoms and signs of STD/STIs on your partner’s body

While these safety measures can drastically reduce your risk of contracting an STD or STI, they are not 100% effective. If you suspect that you may have contracted an STD or STI, need STD treatment, or would like to begin regular testing, call Hibiscus Medical in Washington, D.C. at 202-350-1546 or schedule an appointment on our website.


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