STDs are sexually transmitted diseases and, as the name implies, they are passed from person to person through sexual activity. The sexual activity generally encompasses vaginal, anal, and oral intercourse.
STDs are considered chronic, and if left untreated, can become very problematic. The good news is there are many effective treatments for STDs that keep symptoms at bay, which is why regular screenings are so important. The earlier you can detect the disease and start treatment, the better.
If you are sexually active you should be screened for STDs at least once, if not more often, depending on your risk factors. If you engage in higher risk activities, you should get tested regularly. These activities include:
Often, you may not know you have an STD because no symptoms are present, but you are still at risk of passing the infection to someone else.
The following STDs can be screened, though ones you should get screened for largely depends on your gender and your risk for exposure:
The tests are done through either urine or blood analyses.
The Center for Disease Control recommends the following:
Dr. Abdarbashi and Dr. Anmangandla will guide you through the screening process discreetly and comfortably.
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