STD Testing Specialist

Women's Health Institute -  - OB-GYN

Women's Health Institute

OB-GYNs & Nurse Practitioners located in Peoria, IL

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

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.

Blue Cross
Coventry Health Care
Health Alliance PPO
Health Partner
United Healthcare