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How Often Do I Need STD Tested?

There’s some good news and bad news with headlines like this:

STD rates Continue to Rise

The bad news:  well, that’s obvious. More and more people are getting STDs. The good news though:  more and more people KNOW they have an STD. It takes STD testing in order for rates to rise, so apparently more and more people are getting tested – which is a very, very good thing.

A common question in our walk-in STD testing labs across the country is the same:  how often do I need STD tested? And our answer:  it will vary. We actually go off the recommendation of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) when recommending an STD test. See below for a guide on what the CDC says about testing some of the most common STDs.

STD Testing – When to Test

There are some common STDs and recommendations on when to test by the CDC.

  • Chlamydia:  Yearly chlamydia testing of all sexually active women age 25 or younger, older women with risk factors for chlamydial infections (those who have a new sex partner or multiple sex partners), and all pregnant women. (source).
  • HPV:  Women who get routine Pap tests and follow up as needed can identify problems before cancer develops. Prevention is always better than treatment. (source.)
  • Gonorrhea:  CDC recommends dual therapy (i.e. using two drugs) for the treatment of gonorrhea. Persons with gonorrhea should be tested for other STDs. Upon the site of any genital symptoms such as discharge or burning during urination or unusual sore or rash … get STD tested. (source.)
  • HIV:  HIV testing should always be recommended for individuals who are diagnosed with or suspected to have an STD. (source.)
  • Syphilis: Because effective treatment is available, it is important that persons be screened for syphilis on an on-going basis if their sexual behaviors put them at risk for STDs. (source.)
  • Trich:  Trichomoniasis is considered the most common curable STD. For both men and women, your primary care doctor or another trusted health care provider must do a check and a laboratory test to diagnose trichomoniasis. (source.)

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Watch out Pepto! … A STD Symptom Jingle

Okay, so many of us know the little jingle that comes with Pepto Bismol, right?

Heartburn, Nausea, Indigestion, Upset Stomach, Diarrhea!

So – the thought is that when you experience one of these uncomfortable GI distresses, you head for the bathroom and pop the pink bottle of Pepto.

But what if you’re symptoms aren’t exactly GI-related? What is they’re a little bit more …. uncomfortable.

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Here's a jingle that's just as memorable as Pepto - except for STDs!

Symptoms of STDs

We thought we’d put together a similar jingle of some of the most common STD symptoms. Now don’t be mistaken, these are only a FEW of the MANY symptoms that can come from an STD. Also, many STDs show NO SIGNS at all. So, be on guard for that. However, if you’re having some discomfort and worried that you could have an STD, here’s a start on the common symptoms a sexually transmitted disease brings about. If you have any of these, make sure to find a lab and get tested for an STD right away.

Itching, Burning, Funny Discharge, It Hurts when I go Pee

Spotting, Sores, Rashes, Odor, Sex hurts my Wee Wee

Let us explain…

Itching:  Well you probably get that one. But, itching could be a sign of Chlamydia, Scabies, Herpes, Pubic Lice, among others.

Burning:  Burning when you go pee, have intercourse, or for some gals – even just sitting in a chair. Sometimes burning indicates yeast infection. But not always. Some common STDs that bring burning include Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Trichomoniasis, Chancroid and more.

Funny Discharge:  This can occur for both guys and gals. Some STDs bring about different colors. If you experience this be on the lookout for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Bacterial Vaginosis, among others.

Hurts when I Go Pee: Painful urination can also occur in both buys and gals. Could indicate Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Herpes and more.

Now on to Round Two…

Spotting:  It’s common for women to see spotting in between periods or have menstrual pain if they have an STD. These symptoms certainly don’t mean that an STD is present, but if no other explanation allows, consider being tested for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea for starters.

Sores:  Sores in the “private parts” can indicate Syphilis, Chancroid, Herpes, among others.

Rashes:  Rashes often accompany the itching or burning you may feel. These can sprout up as a result of Syphilis, HIV and Scabies.

Odor:  Shower and it’s still smelly? Make sure you’re tested for these:  Trichomoniasis and Bacterial Vaginosis.

Sex Hurts My Wee Wee:  Chlamydia, Trichomoniasis, Chancroid, Herpes, and others.

Check out this article that lists all of the STDS associated with common symptoms.

Concerned you might have one of these STD symptoms or STD? Get tested for an STD today.

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