Why it’s important to get tested for STDs

22 Feb, 2021

 

 

According to CDC estimates, there are nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted disease infections every year. Almost half of those infections are in young people between the ages of 15 and 24. Most people aren’t aware they have an infection, and the consequences of not treating it can be severe—especially for women.

If you are sexually active and haven’t been tested in a while, make it a priority to get tested soon. For your own health and the health of your partner, you should get tested together. If either of you are infected, you’ll want to begin treatment right away to avoid potential damage to your health now and in the future.

Will I always know if I have an STD?

No. In fact, most STDs don’t have noticeable symptoms. Some STDs, like gonorrhea and chlamydia, can be cured, while others can only be treated. The earlier the STD is detected, the more effective the treatment, and in some cases, the less likely you are to have long-term side effects.

The only way to know for sure if you have an STD is to get tested.

What are the signs and symptoms of STDs?

While most STDs don’t have noticeable signs and symptoms, there are some commons signs and symptoms that can indicate an infection:

  • Sores or bumps on the genitals, or in the oral or rectal area
  • Painful or burning urination
  • Discharge from the penis
  • Unusual or odd-smelling vaginal discharge
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding
  • Pain during sex
  • Sore, swollen lymph nodes, particularly in the groin, but sometimes more widespread
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Rash over the trunk, hands, or feet

What are the most common STDs?

According to the CDC, chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD in the United States, followed by gonorrhea, genital herpes, and Genital Human Papillomavirus (HPV). It’s possible to have any of these infections and pass them to your partner without knowing it. 

Even though they are common, they can still cause health complications down the road if left untreated.

Does my partner need to get tested for STDs?

Yes. Even if you and your partner are exclusive, it’s important for you both to be tested, especially if you’ve had other sexual partners in the past. Prioritize your physical and relational health by coming in with your partner to get tested.

We offer free STD testing and can make referrals for treatment if you need it. Schedule your appointment today!