Did you know approximately one million sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are acquired across the globe every day? In the United States alone, more than 20 million new cases of STDs are reported each year, with 50% of those striking teenagers and young adults under 25.
Even though STDs are incredibly common, it can be an uncomfortable or embarrassing topic to discuss, even with your doctor. At Eve Medical in Maimi, FL, we understand. Our compassionate care team is dedicated to your complete health and wellness. That’s why we offer confidential and comprehensive STD testing and treatment.
If you’re wondering whether you should be tested for STDs, we can help. We’ve curated this guide to answer common questions about STD testing and treatment. Read on to learn more!
What are STDs?
Sexually transmitted diseases are caused by infections transmitted through vaginal, anal, or oral sexual intercourse. People also interchangeably refer to STDs as STIs (sexually transmitted infections) or venereal diseases.
There are more than 25 types of STDs, and each is caused by a different bacterium or virus. The most common STDs include:
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) / Genital warts
- Gonorrhea (“Clap”)
- Hepatitis B
- HIV / AIDS
- Genital warts
How can I tell if I have an STD?
The only guarantee against STDs is abstinence, which isn’t practical for most people. And some STDs that can have serious complications if left untreated don’t have obvious symptoms. That’s why the best way to tell if you have an STD is through testing.
Who should get tested for STDs?
If you are sexually active, getting tested for STDs is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health and the health of your partner. Depending on your sexual activity and history, you may be at increased risk for STDs.
Here is a summary of recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
- Sexually active women under 25: annual gonorrhea and chlamydia testing
- Women over 25 with new or multiple partners or whose partner(s) have an STD: annual gonorrhea and chlamydia testing
- All teens and adults 13 to 64: testing for HIV at least once
- Pregnant women: testing for syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis B in early pregnancy
- All sexually active gay and bisexual men: annual syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea testing
- Sexually active gay and bisexual men with multiple or anonymous partners: testing for all STDs including HIV every 3-6 months
- Anyone who has unsafe sex or shares needles: annual HIV testing
How are STDs treated?
The treatment protocol recommended depends on your STD diagnosis. At Eve Medical, we help you learn about your risk factors and provide any necessary treatment if you’ve already contracted an STD.
How can I learn more about confidential STD testing?
If you’re worried about STDs or want to learn more about comprehensive and confidential testing, we’re here to help. Call (305) 707-6096 for an appointment or use the online booking tool.