Who Needs to Be Tested for STDs?

So many different sexually transmitted diseases exist, and many have no symptoms or the symptoms are so mild, you may miss them. STDs are incredibly common, however, and most are very curable.

STD tests are not a normal part of your physical exam, so you need to specify your concerns and request a test. If you do have symptoms that suggest an STD, call us at Joshua Medical Group immediately to set up a screening and get treatment.

Don’t feel embarrassed or self-conscious when requesting a screening. One in every two sexually active Americans will contract an STD before the age of 25. Consider a test if any of the following applies to you.

You’re sexually active

Of course if you’re in a committed relationship, are certain both of you are entirely monogamous, and have been tested and cleared of all STDs, you most likely don’t have to worry about infection. But if you’re in a new relationship, have multiple partners, or have had unprotected (meaning no condom) sex as a one-night stand, you may have been exposed to an STD, and it’s important to get checked.

Sexual activity isn’t restricted to vaginal intercourse. Some STDs are spread via skin-to-skin contact, so anal sex, oral sex, and vaginal intercourse can all lead to transmission.

You have suspicious symptoms

If you have vaginal or anal itching, sores on your vagina or penis, pain when you pee, unusual penile or vaginal discharge, or a funky genital odor, you should get STD testing right away. Sometimes it’s easy to mistake these symptoms for something like a yeast infection or urinary tract infection (both of which should send you to our office anyway), but they could indicate you have an STD.

STDs are sneaky

STDs may cause no symptoms but can still be passed on to a partner. If you’re just getting into a relationship, you should get tested and ensure you don’t unknowingly pass an infection on to your partner. Even if you’re not getting into a new relationship, it’s a good idea to get tested if you’re active to ensure you’re not passing on an infection during casual sex.

You share injection drug supplies

Some sexually transmitted diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, can be passed through IV drug usage. Even if you’re not sexually active, IV drug usage is a good reason to get tested.

You’re pregnant

Even if you’ve been monogamous for years, it’s important to get tested for STDs when pregnant. Many STDs can interfere with pregnancy, even if they aren’t causing symptoms in your body. You may have an STD acquired from a partner many years ago, even if you’re asymptomatic, that could affect your unborn baby.

Let us know what type of sexual activity you engage in so we can perform the right screenings for you. We can test you for any number of common infections including gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV, herpes, human papillomavirus, syphilis, and trichomoniasis. Call our office or book an appointment using this website to protect your sexual health today.

 

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