Most people think, “That will never happen to me,” or “My partner and I are careful.” The reality is that if you and your partner have had multiple sexual partners, you both are at risk for STIs (sexually transmitted infections) and STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), but you may be wondering when should I get tested for an STD?
One in two sexually active young people will get an STD by the age of 25. Some STDs can be cured, but some cannot and have lifelong effects. Even if you don’t have any STD symptoms, you must get tested for STDs to get the clarity you need.
What Is An STD?
There are over 20 different types of STDs. An STD is a sexually transmitted infection or disease that is normally passed through sexual contact by oral, vaginal, or anal sex. There is also a chance for an STD through skin-to-skin contact. Many STDs first begin as an STI and turn into a disease if not caught and treated in time. Some types of sexually transmitted diseases include:
- Genital herpes
When Should I Get Tested for an STD?
If you have not been tested for STDs and have been sexually active with multiple partners, or with partners who have had other sexual partners, get tested today. If you are pregnant and contract an STD, you are more at risk for major health complications. Contact us at Palm Beach Women’s Clinic for low-cost STD testing and treatment.
Common Signs of STDs
While not all STDs come with signs, you could still be infected and not know it. This leads to unwanted infection and disease if not treated as soon as possible, and could infect your partner. Some common signs of STDs are:
- Sores or warts on the genital area
- Acute abdominal pain
- Painful or frequent urination
- Unusual discharge from the penis or vagina
- Itching and redness in the genital area
- Blisters or sores in or around the mouth
- Anal itching, soreness, or bleeding
Long-Term Consequences of an Untreated STD
Many people don’t know the severity of STDs and some don’t even know they have one! This can cause long-term effects including pelvic inflammatory disease, increased risk of miscarriage, and even infertility. STD testing is essential to prevent the risk of long-term STI or STD consequences.
Schedule a low-cost and confidential STD testing appointment with us today. You can get the answers you need and support along the way.