STD Testing Specialist

At North Pointe OB/GYN, Drs. Sean J. Lambert, Robert B. Barrett, Gretchen Mitchell, and Nancy M. Walsh have provided STD testing for many women who live in North Atlanta, Dawsonville, and Cumming, Georgia. All five doctors are respected by many of their peers and recommended by many of their patients.

STD Testing Q & A

What Exactly Are Sexually Transmitted Diseases?

The term “sexually transmitted diseases” encompasses any disease or infection that is primarily passed from one person to another through a sexual act. The diseases and infections can be caused by bacteria, fungi, or viruses. Additionally, they can be transmitted via other means, but the main mode of transmission is intercourse or another sexual act.

AIDs, which is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is perhaps the most well-known STD. It’s far from the only one, though. Just a few other common STDs include:

  • hepatitis B
  • chlamydia
  • genital warts
  • genital herpes
  • HPV

Are STDs Different from STIs?

The terms “STD” and “STI” are used as synonyms to refer to the same sexually transmitted diseases and infections. Some providers prefer the term STD, which stands for “sexually transmitted disease,” while others show a preference for STI, which is short for “sexually transmitted infection.”

How Are STDs Diagnosed?

STDs are diagnosed via testing. There are four main types of tests:

  • Pap smears, which check for the HPV virus in women
  • Swabs of the genitals or anus, which check for herpes
  • Blood tests, which check for HIV, herpes, and syphilis
  • Urine tests, which check for gonorrhea and chlamydia

These are just some examples of the STDs that these tests are used to diagnose. The list of STDs isn’t comprehensive.

Is STD Testing Confidential?

Like all medical testing and services, STD testing is kept strictly confidential. Federal law prohibits doctors from sharing any information about a patient’s STD testing, or even that they had STD testing done unless the patient has given the doctor permission to do so. Many doctors will ask for permission to share some information about the testing with the patient’s insurance company, for billing purposes, and the results of the testing with other healthcare providers who see the patient, so those providers can better treat the patient. It’s completely up to the patient whether anyone else is told about any STD tests that are performed.

Major Insurance Plans Accepted

At North Pointe OB/GYN, we accept most major medical insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed here.

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Alliant Health Plans
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Coventry Health Care
First Health
Multiplan, Inc.
United Healthcare

Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "North pointe ob is great! Doctor B. is the best and everyone else is very nice as well. All of the doctors are the best and everyone makes you feel comfortable."

    Lindsey M.
  • Google+

    "We have been seeing Dr. Barrett and he is top notch and highly recommend him and the rest of the North Pointe family. We are proud to call North Pointe our home!"

    Luke W.
  • facebook

    "Dr. Walsh is the best! She's been my gynecologist for the past 5 years. She's always very professional and kind. I trust her opinion very much."

    Terri M.
  • facebook

    "Friendly staff in front and back office. Everyone cares about their patients here and always have a pleasant experience with each person at every visit."

    Megan J.
  • Google+

    "I have not used the ob side as my baby is about to be 21 but Dr Walsh has been my gyn for several years. I love her. My 2 adult daughters also see her and love her. "

    Maria D.
  • facebook

    "My husband and I love Dr. Barrett, Walsh and Lambert, I have been with them since 2007 and can't say enough good about them. They have delivered 3 beautiful girls..."

    Kari C.
  • facebook

    "I have been with North Pointe OB/Gyn for awhile now . All the doctors, midwives, nurses, front desk /back desk nurses, ultrasound tech are all friendly..."

    Melanie M.
  • facebook

    "Dr. Lambert was truly amazing when I went into labor. We had a VBAC plan and he was incredibly patient, even though labor took a total of 36 hours. He didn't give up.."

    Alexis S.
  • facebook

    "Dr. Lambert and her staff get to know everyone by first name and they listen to everything you tell them. They give awesome advice..."

    Jennifer W.
  • facebook

    "I have been a patient of Dr. Lambert for 13yrs. Dr.Lambert delivered my son and my daughter was born by a midwife at his practice 3 yrs ago. They are all great!"

    Chrissy A.
  • Google+

    "I have been with NPOBGYN last 5 years and I love Dr. Walsh and the whole practice!"

    Farjana N.
  • Yelp

    "Great place. Staff is very professional and extremely friendly"

    Adnan D.
  • facebook

    "I remember my very first visit at North Pointe in 2012 when I had a miscarriage. My heart was broken but Dr Lambert hugged my neck and told me everything will be OK."

    Teela G.
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