When it comes to sexually active adults, no one is immune to STDs. No matter the social settings, number of partners, or even orientation, any type of sexually transmitted disease can strike without warning. That’s why everyone who is sexually active should get an STD test at least once a year. Outside of the usual precautions, people should also be on the lookout for specifics related to each disease. If someone falls within these guidelines, it is definitely time to get regular screenings at Women First GYN.
Chlamydia is one of the most well-known STDs. Away from the jokes and pop culture representations, the disease affects many and the consequences can be severe. Starting in their 20s and 30s, women should be on the lookout for this type of STD. It presents no symptoms, so the disease may spread or even begin causing problems to the reproductive system without notice. Gay men should also be especially cautious about Chlamydia. With HIV and AIDS reducing the immune system, people in this category should be cautious as well as aware of their potential risks. It’s also important for victims of sexual abuse or rape to seek out testing for the disease for a significant time after the event.
Herpes is hard to spot without visible signs across the body. For many, the disease doesn’t have symptoms and the most common ones are sores, bumps, or ulcers. Genital herpes is even harder to spot as most sexual partners might miss the details during sex. Before something appears, a potential carrier can get tested, but it is often hard to diagnose even with testing. Of all of the STDs out there, this is one that seems oblivious to tests and the usual diagnostic methods. Talking to a doctor about the concerns and worries can settle any nerves about this one, yet it will require regular and constant monitoring.
From sexually active teens to seniors, everyone should be tested for HIV. There are some groups even more at risk of getting the disease, drug users are one of the most at risk since needles may be involved in their daily routine. People from the LGBTQ are also at a higher risk and should undergo testing at least once a year in addition to any doctor recommended tests. For those worried about the testing process, it is fairly routine; a blood sample is all that is needed to do the full test. If there is a false positive, a patient may be required to undergo additional tests to ensure the results are incorrect.
Testing is just one step in having a healthy and safe sex life. Another important step is practicing safe sex, whether it be with one or more partners; that includes understanding that condoms do not prevent the spread of STDs. A great step between tests is having open and honest conversations with partners. Each conversation should detail recent test results as well as any previous STDs. If there’s any doubt, wait until that information can be cleared up and the answers leave no doubt in anyone’s mind.