If you’re sexually active, STD testing should play a role in your routine health care. This is one of many services available from Kevin Lokkesmoe, MD, of Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine in Columbus, Georgia. If you have questions or concerns about STD testing, come in for a one-on-one discussion of the process. Online scheduling is available, or you can always call or stop by the office to set up your visit.
There are numerous infections that can spread through sexual contact, some of which are more dangerous to your health than others. Some of the STDs to be aware of include:
These are just some of the infections you can obtain through sexual contact. There are certain diseases like meningitis that can spread through sexual activity but aren’t classified as STDs.
Not all STDs show clear symptoms, so waiting for something to go wrong before you see your doctor is not a good idea. If you’re sexually active and not in a mutually monogamous relationship in which both partners have been tested, STD screening is an important part of your overall health and wellness.
Sexually transmitted diseases can spread from one person to the next through vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Some infections are even able to spread through intimate skin-to-skin contact even if there is no sexual penetration.
Because many infections don’t show symptoms, you can have an STD and not know it, unwittingly exposing others to risk. STD screening gives you the information you need to care for your own health and protect your partners.
Abstinence is the only way to fully protect yourself from sexualy transmitted disease. The next best approach is to be in a relationship with someone who is committed to monogamy and has been tested.
Otherwise, using male or female condoms offers a level of protection. When used properly and consistently, condoms can dramatically reduce your risk of STDs. It’s important to note, however, that any sexual contact that does not have a physical barrier can result in an STD.
If your results show you have an STD, Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine will discuss your next steps. Some STDs can be cleared up with a simple course of antibiotics. In other cases, a more involved treatment plan is needed to eliminate the infection.
Some STDs, like gential herpes and HIV/AIDS, are incurable. Treatment focuses on managing symptoms and supporting your immune system.
If you’re in need of STD screening, call Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine today to set up a visit, or spend a few moments on the online booking tool.