Dr. Swaeng Woraratanadharm Retires!

Dr Swaeng Retires! After 38 years as an obstetrician-gynecologist, it is time for me to hang up my boots and stirrups. It is with mixed emotions that I am announcing my retirement from active practice, effective August 1, 2013. It has been a great pleasure providing for your health care needs over the years, and it is not easy for me to give up working with you. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your trust and confidence in permitting me to take care of your OB/GYN needs through the years. I have enjoyed helping you through your pregnancies, illnesses and surgeries.
After my residency training in OB-GYN at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, MD, I moved to Hopewell, VA in August 1975 to join Dr. Virgilio Supetran. At the time, he was the only OB-GYN in town. Together we had an excellent medical practice with wonderful, loyal patients. 23 years later, Dr. Supetran retired. I joined VPFW in October 1998 when they expanded their practice to the tri-cities area. At that time, only 10 physicians practiced with VPFW. Now we have over 25 doctors in our group. I’d say we have come a long way.
Because I want to ensure that you continue to receive the best possible care, I hope that you will remain a patient with the doctors at Virginia Physicians For Women, as I have strongly recommended. I believe these physicians possess the highest qualifications and are extremely skilled in all phases of obstetrics and gynecology.
I wish you and your family the best. Thank you again for entrusting your health to me over the past 38 years. I have greatly valued our relationship and thank you for your loyalty and friendship over the years. God bless you and best wishes for your future health and happiness.
Swaeng Woraratanadharm, MD


What are STD’s

STD’s, or Sexually Transmitted Diseases, are infections spread by sexual contact. According to ACOG, STD’s are the most common contagious diseases in the USA besides colds and flu. Millions of new STD cases occur every year. Some STD’s can be treated and cured, others can not. STD’s can cause severe damage to one’s body-even death. One with an STD can pass to others by contact with skin, mouth, genitals, rectum or body fluids. STD’s are caused by bacteria or viruses. Bacterial STD’s are treated with antibiotics. Viral STD’s can’t be cured but symptoms can be treated.

Gonorrhea and Chlamydia. Gonorrhea and Chlamydia are caused by bacteria. They often have no symptoms. They can be treated with antibiotics. It is important to take all of the medicine and one’s partner must be treated also. Untreated gonorrhea or Chlamydia can cause pelvic inflammation in women affecting the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. It can cause infertility.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is one of the most common STD’s in USA. There often are no signs of genital STD’s. A few types of HPV cause warts in the genital areas. Even after the warts have cleared up, the virus may still be present. Some types of HPV are linked to cancer of cervix. However, very few women with HPV develop this type of cancer. There are vaccines that prevent the types of HPV that cause the most cases of cancer of cervix and genital warts.

Syphilis. Syphilis is caused by a type of bacteria. If untreated, syphilis can infect many parts of the body, causing major health problems-even death. Syphilis is easily treated in the early stage. Syphilis can be spread through direct contact with syphilis sore. It can also be spread by touching the rash, warts, or infected blood during the second stage of infection.

Genital Herpes. Genital Herpes virus infects millions of Americans. The most common symptom of herpes is a sore on or around the genitals. The sores can last from a few days to a few weeks. The symptoms go away by themselves, but the virus remains in one’s body. Treatment can help heal the sores, but it cannot kill the virus. It is possible to transmit herpes infection to others without knowing it. If one or one’s partner have oral or genital herpes, avoid sex from the time of first symptoms until a few days after the scabs have gone away.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). HIV is the virus causing acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). HIV enters the blood stream by way of body fluids, usually blood or serum. HIV weakens the immune system, which may lead to AIDS. With AIDS, a person’s immune system is so weakened that other life-threatening conditions, such as infections or cancer, can occur. Although there is no cure for HIV, treatment may prevent or delay the onset of AIDS, which can be fatal.

Trichomonas. Trichomonas vaginitis is a microscopic parasite spread through sex. It can be cured with treatment. One’s partner needs to be treated also. Hepatitis. Hepatitis is a serious infection of liver caused by a virus. Two types of hepatitis, B and C can be sexually transmitted. They can be spread by direct contact with the infected body fluids (blood, semen, vaginal fluids and saliva). There is a vaccine available to prevent infection with hepatitis B.

Protect oneself from STD’s by: knowing one’s sexual partners and limit their number, using a latex condom, avoiding risky sex practices and getting immunized. Available vaccines will help prevent Hepatitis B and HPV. If you think you have STD, contact us to schedule an appointment to avoid long term health problems.

Thank you.

Swaeng Woraratanadharm, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.