STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) were frequently discussed in the 80s and 90s. Many young people were engaging in unprotected sex, and the increase in STDs was significant. While it seems that more people are using common sense and protection during sex these days, sexually transmitted diseases are still problematic. While it may be an uncomfortable topic to bring up with your doctor, STDs that go undetected or untreated can pose a severe threat to your overall health and reproductive health.
STD testing is a simple, discreet, and effective way to identify a sexually transmitted disease so that suitable treatment can be started as soon as possible. One of the most important things to understand about STDs is that many of these diseases produce no obvious symptoms. It is easy for women to overlook minor signs and warnings that can be potentially life-threatening or damaging. Women who are sexually active should have regular STD testing.
Risks of Untreated STDs
As with any disease, when STDs go undetected and untreated, they can cause a wide variety of serious health issues. STDs in women can lead to pelvic inflammation, pain during sex, infertility, and the dispersion of an STD to other partners. Untreated STDs can cause irreversible damage to the reproductive organs while compromising your overall health.
What is STD Testing
The first thing you can be sure about is that all STD testing and results are kept confidential at Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A. One easy way to have STD testing done is at your annual checkup. Women who have a new sexual partner, especially if they are having unprotected sex, should make routine STD testing a standard practice.
STD testing can identify HPV, genital herpes, genital warts, HIV, hepatitis B, chlamydia, and more. Most STD tests include one or more of the following:
- Physical exam
- Genital swab
- Blood sample
- Urine sample
- Pap smear
If a positive result is revealed from your STD testing, Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A., will explain all of your options for treatment, how to stop the spread of STDs, and how to prevent further infection.
Contact our practice with any questions regarding STD testing.