Could I Have An STD?
If you are sexually active, you risk getting more than an unplanned pregnancy. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), also known as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), are common.
They pass from person to person through vaginal, oral, and anal sex. Since many people in the early stages of an STD/STI don’t experience symptoms, screening is essential to prevent complications later on. With or without symptoms, the disease can still spread from person to person.
How Do I Know If I Have An STD?
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be present in a person’s body without symptoms. You and your partner(s) may not know you’re infected.
That’s why getting tested regularly is vital to staying sexually healthy. Left untreated, STDs can have serious health consequences.
Who Should Be Tested?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 should be tested at least once for HIV. They also suggest all sexually active women under age 25 should be tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia every year.
Any time you have a new partner or multiple partners, you should get tested, especially if the partner admits to having an STD. Prompt treatment and early detection can help prevent complications of some STDs/STIs.
How Can I Avoid Getting An STD?
Florida statistics show that chlamydia is the most commonly reported disease in Florida. Chlamydia often has no symptoms, but it is curable with antibiotics. Without taking medicine, chlamydia can lead to infertility.
You can avoid getting or giving an STD by:
- Practicing abstinence
- Using condoms every time
- Having sex with one committed partner only
- Getting tested regularly
No-Cost STD Testing
Getting tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea is a smart move because these two STDs are a growing problem. Infection rates have skyrocketed recently, particularly among youth and young adults.
We offer no-cost and confidential STD testing. Men, you need to get regularly tested too. Our name may be Women’s Clinic, but we offer testing for women and men.
Contact us to schedule your confidential testing today.