Have You Tested for STDs?

No one wants to talk about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) — which is unfortunate, because it’s an important topic that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 million new cases of STDs appear every day. And the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that nearly 2.5 million people have STDs in the United States alone.

Unfortunately, many people never know they have an STD (or don’t realize it until the complications grow severe), because most STDs don’t show symptoms for years, if ever. That’s why it’s so important to get tested for STDs by a trusted provider, like our experts at North Texas OB/GYN

Who should get tested for STDs?

The short answer: Anyone who is sexually active. 

If you engage in sexual activity — whether with a long-term partner or with multiple partners — you’re at risk for STDs. Your risk increases with the number of partners you have and decreases the longer you’re in a fully monogamous relationship. 

Even if you’ve been in a long-term relationship for years, it’s still worth it to get tested annually (both you and your partner!).

Why get tested for STDs?

Getting tested for STDs regularly increases your chances of catching an STD early, which prevents related complications and reduces your likelihood of spreading the infection. It’s a win-win for everyone involved. 

After all, some complications of STDs can be dire. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), for example, is a sexually transmitted infection that leads to AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome), which can be fatal. 

What STDs should you get tested for? 

You may consider getting tested for a range of STDs depending on your age and relationship situation. If you have symptoms, your doctor tests you for STDs known to produce those symptoms. Commonly, STD panels include: 

If you think you have a specific STD (such as herpes, for instance), definitely ask your provider to test you for that STD. 

How often should you get tested for STDs?

Guidelines for STD testing vary, but the CDC recommends all sexually active teens and adults get tested annually for certain infections, including HIV. Talk with your doctor to determine your risk of STDs and decide on a regular testing schedule. 

Expert STD testing

Get tested and receive accurate results with STD testing at North Texas OB/GYN. You can call our Plano, Texas, clinic at 469-240-1866 or securely send a message to the team online.

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