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Why You Should Get Tested For STDs

Everyone sexually active should be screened for STDs at some point. Luckily, if you are diagnosed with one, most STDs are curable, and all of them are treatable.

STD Screening Questions

What is STD Screening?

A screening means that the lab will look for an infection when you may not show symptoms. Just like getting a mammogram or screening for colon cancer, it’s also important to screen for sexually transmitted infections (depending on your risk). Testing recommendations depend on your lifestyle and risk level.

Why Is It Important to Get Tested for STDs?

Most importantly to protect yourself and your partner(s) from spreading an infection or letting it slowly kill or negatively impact your health. It also allows you to start treatment quickly if you do have an infection and create peace of mind when you think you may have been at risk.

What Are the Most Common STDs?

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

The most common STD in the US, this virus causes genital warts, although the lesions don’t appear in everyone who has it. It’s highly contagious and easily transmitted sexually or even by skin-to-skin contact.

Gonorrhea and Chlamydia

These infections are very common and grouped together because they’re screened for simultaneously. These infections can be missed, particularly in women because the bacteria that cause them won’t always create symptoms. Infections are caused by oral, anal, or genital contact with someone else who has the infection.

Syphilis

Syphilis is a bacterial infection passed from one person to another by oral, anal, or genital contact with infectious sores that are present during the initial stages of the infection. These can be deadly if left untreated.

Herpes

Type 1 is associated with oral herpes (cold sores) and type 2 with genital herpes. Recent research has shown that most genital infections are also caused by type 1. Someone may have either strain but never show any symptoms or they may have an outbreak of painful sores near his or her mouth, genitals, or anus. Since a person can be contagious even when no lesions are present, take precautions all the time to prevent spreading it.

HIV

This viral infection is transmitted via blood (sharing needles) or sexually, by having unprotected anal or vaginal sex. Very rarely, it can be transmitted by contact with other body fluids.

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