Estimates show that about one in four people in the U.S. have had an STD at one time. STD vary in symptoms and effects, and while many can be cured through the use of antibiotics or other treatments, there are other STDs that have no cure. For example, HIV, genital warts, and herpes cannot be cured. Other curable STDs like syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and hepatitis can result in serious complications if not detected and treated promptly. So, what can you do to protect yourself from contracting an STD? STD testing is an essential first step.
STD Testing Recommendations
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise that getting STD testing is one of the most important things any individual can do to protect his or her health, and they give a set of basic guidelines for how often individuals should get tested. They recommend that all individuals aged 13 to 64 get tested at least once for HIV. Sexually active adults under age 25 should also get annual testing for common STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea. For those who have unprotected sex and sex with multiple partners, more frequent STD testing every three to six months is recommended. Also, for individuals who share injection drug equipment or have unprotected sex, it is recommended to get HIV testing at least once a year.
It is also important to openly and honestly discuss your sexual habits with your doctor so that your doctor can make more specific recommendations for how often you should be getting STD testing. If you are a sexually active individual but have never gotten tested for STDs, for the sake of your health and that of your partner, make an appointment to get tested today.
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