Getting tested for STDs is often times a taboo subject. It’s not exactly table talk, and can be an embarrassing to admit. Everyone who is sexually active should get tested regularly, as any sexual activity can put you and your partner at risk.
The only sure way to know if you have an infection is to get tested. Most STDs symptoms are mild and can go completely unnoticed. If left untreated, they can lead to further health complications down the line. For sexually active individuals, STDs can compromise your general health or lead to an incurable affliction.
Generally, you should get tested at least once a year, or at least every few months if you have high-risk factors, such as new or multiple sex partners.
You also don’t have to have sexual intercourse to contract an STD. Even those who are married or have not yet engaged in sexual activity are at risk. You can pick up an STD from skin-to-skin contact, open wounds, or from sharing unsterilized needles for piercing and tattoos.
If you’ve been experienced symptoms like abdominal pain, painful urination, pain during sexual intercourse, or discharge, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention.
At Centennial Medical Group, we can test for a wide variety of sexually transmitted diseases and infections. Our physicians will go over your results and provide you with any medical information and treatment if necessary.
Some of our testing services include:
The most common strains of STDs, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, are curable. However, STDs such as HIV/AIDS and herpes can last a lifetime.
The most effective way to prevent an STD is to not have sex. You can lower your risk for STDs by limiting your number of sexual partners by having sex with only one person, who is also having sex with only you. It’s also important to protect yourself by using condoms and dental dams.
If you would like to utilize our STD testing services, or would like more information about sexually transmitted diseases and infections, please call us at 410-730-3399.