STD Testing Specialist

Marlenny Feliz-Cruz, MD, PA

Primary Care located in Pembroke Pines, FL

Many STDs go undetected because they show up without symptoms, and they can cause irreparable damage inside the body. That’s why Marlenny Feliz-Cruz, MD, PA, encourages anyone who’s sexually active to get tested. A simple blood or urine test is all it takes to test for most STDs, and Dr. Feliz-Cruz offers full STD panels at her Pembroke Pines, Florida, clinic. Make an appointment online or over the phone for an STD screening today.

STD Testing Q & A

Why is STD testing important?

Some people with STDs are asymptomatic, so they don’t even know they’re infected until they get tested. Most STDs are detectable through a simple blood test or urinalysis and are easily treatable.

Without treatment, STDs can pass to other sexual partners and cause irreversible damage to their bodies.

What are the risk factors for contracting an STD?

Behavioral factors that put you at risk for contracting STDs include:

Sexual Activity

Sexual contact with an infected person puts you at risk for most STDs because you could come into contact with blood, semen, fecal matter, and other bodily fluids that transmit disease. The following STDs are commonly spread through unprotected anal or vaginal sex:

  • HIV
  • Herpes
  • HPV
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea and syphilis
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Trichomoniasis


Injectible drug use is another risk factor for STDs. Sharing needles with an infected person puts you at risk for developing HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.


Food or drink with traces of fecal matter put you at risk for developing hepatitis A. Contaminated food and water as well as poor sanitation and hygiene increase your chances of contracting the disease.

Not Being Vaccinated

Effective vaccines are available for hepatitis A and HPV. Getting vaccinated decreases your chances of contracting these two STDs significantly.

What can I do to reduce my risk of contracting an STD?

Sexual activity with a monogamous, uninfected partner and correct condom significantly reduce your risk of contracting an STD.

Preventive vaccinations for HPV, hepatitis A, and hepatitis B provide significant protection against those particular STDs. It’s important to get those vaccinations before you become sexually active.

Although it’s a sensitive subject, you have to discuss openly with Dr. Feliz-Cruz so she can provide appropriate STD testing and preventive direction.

What tests are available for STDs?

Dr. Feliz-Cruz tests for STDs with routine labs based on your sexual activity. The following labs detect the most common STDs:

  • Blood: HIV, hepatitis A/B/C, and syphilis
  • Urinalysis: chlamydia and gonorrhea
  • Skin scraping/blister culture: herpes
  • Cervical swab: HPV (women only)

If you would like to schedule confidential STD testing, make an appointment with Dr. Feliz-Cruz by phone or online.