Women's Health Institute -  - OB-GYN

Women's Health Institute

OB-GYNs & Nurse Practitioners located in Peoria, IL

STD Testing Specialist

Dr. Larry Overcash and Erin Overcash WHNP specialize in the testing, diagnosis and treatment of many different types of sexually transmitted diseases. Their facility, Women’s Health Institute, serves the residents of the Peoria, Illinois area. Everyone at the facility is dedicated to providing their patients with the highest level of healthcare possible.

STD Testing Q & A

Women's Health Institute

How Often Should STD Testing Be Performed?

Sexually active women who have unprotected sex with multiple partners should be checked for sexually transmitted diseases at least once every six months. If a woman is in a committed relationship with only one partner, the doctor may recommend testing only once a year at the same time as her yearly pelvic exam and pap smear. Even if a person is practicing safe sex and does not have multiple partners, a chance exists that an STD can show up because of a partner’s indiscretion.

How Are STDs Commonly Transmitted?

STDs are commonly transmitted through some form of sexual act or the exchange of bodily fluids. Herpes or genital warts, however, are two STDs that are passed from person to person through skin-to-skin contact if an open wound or lesion exists. The exchange of fluids is not necessary. They are sexually transmitted through all types of sexual contact, including oral, vaginal and anal sex. In some cases, such as genital warts, a person may not be contagious unless he or she is experiencing an outbreak. It is extremely important for a patient to protect themselves at all times from the possibility of sexually transmitted diseases.

When Should Parents Start Teaching Their Children About STDs?

A soon as parents have the slightest belief that their children may be experimenting with any type of sexual activity, they should begin teaching them about the dangers of unprotected sex and sexually transmitted diseases. When girls begin to notice their body changing and have their first period, it is a good idea to take them to a gynecologist to help them learn about their bodies and how they work.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

We accept several insurance plans from many different providers. If you do not see your provider listed here, please give us a call and we will let you know if you are covered.

Aetna
Blue Cross
Cigna
Coventry Health Care
Health Alliance PPO
Health Partner
Healthlink
Humana
OSF Health Plans
United Healthcare
Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Google+

    "Staff all friendly and great! Dr. Overcash was kind and patient and seemed to know me better than I know myself. Thank you for your kind words."

    Melissa M.
  • Google+

    "Absolutely the best place to go for women's health issues. I have been going for years."

    Janice G.
  • Vitals

    "Dr. Overcash never makes you feel rushed. He's very thorough and gives great advice for bettering your health. Very friendly and kind."

    Verified Patient
  • Vitals

    "Dr. Overcash is an amazing physician. He had me back feeling normal after surgery right away. He has delivered all of my children and I would highly recommend!"

    Verified Patient
  • Google+

    "I give this office an outstanding review; they are very professional and care about your health concerns."

    Sheila R.
Location
Women's Health Institute
7309 North Knoxville Avenue, Suite 300
Peoria, IL 61614
Phone: 309-731-4535
Fax: 309-671-5155
Office Hours

Get in touch

309-731-4535