Your doctor tests you for sexually transmitted diseases through physical exams, Pap smears, blood, urine, genital, or anal secretion tests. If you have had unprotected sex, it’s important to get tested even if you show no signs or symptoms. If you test positive, your sexual partners will need to seek testing and treatment as well.
Sexually transmitted diseases are spread by engaging in sexual activity with a partner who has an STD. Sexual activity can involve the mouth, anus, penis, or vagina.
STDs are infections that are transmitted through vaginal, anal, and oral sex. They are very common and don’t always cause noticeable symptoms. Some STDs include:
STDs should be taken very seriously as they bear long-term consequences and can even be fatal.
STDs are transmitted through several types of contact. Individuals at high risk include those who:
Most STDs are treatable with medications; however, there are certain types that can only be managed but not cured. These include HIV and herpes. HIV is a chronic condition that leads to AIDS, a fatal disease.
While treatable, complications with STDs can arise with delayed treatment. Sometimes people don’t realize they have an STD until it does damage to their reproductive organs, vision, heart, or other organs. Carrying an STD also weakens the immune system, leaving you prone to other infections or health complications.
STDs include both bacterial and viral infections. The germs causing these infections hide in semen, blood, vaginal secretions, and sometimes saliva, and are mostly spread by vaginal, anal, or oral sex. However certain viral infections, like genital herpes and genital warts, can spread through skin contact. Hepatitis B is another type of viral infection that can spread through sharing personal hygiene products like toothbrushes or razors.
It’s best to get tested for STDs during your annual physical. Doctors recommend getting tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea every year until age 25.
This is a just a list of some of the insurances accepted at Women's Health Specialist of North Atlanta. Please call our office to confirm that we accept your plan.
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