STD Testing Specialist
STD Testing Q & A
What are STDs?
STDs, or sexually transmitted diseases, are viruses or infections spread by having sexual intercourse and often occur in sexually active young adults. Numerous STDs exist and are more common in the United States than you may think. Examples of STDs include:
- Chlamydia infection
- Genital herpes
- Human papillomavirus infection (HPV)
- Bacterial vaginosis
Certain STDs are more common than others. However, any unprotected sexual activity, especially with new or multiple partners, puts you at risk for contracting an STD.
How common are STDs?
By age 25, one in two sexually active people in the United States contracts an STD, also known as a sexually transmitted infection (STI). About 20 million new STDs occur every year in the U.S., and at least 80% of people who are sexually active will get an HPV infection at some point during their lives.
Why is STD testing important?
Young adults account for half of new STD cases, but only 12% are tested regularly. Some STDs are easily treatable and doing so prevents serious complications from arising. As examples, undiagnosed STDs cause 24,000 women to become infertile in the U.S. annually, and HPV can cause cervical cancer.
An STD test is a simple blood test that lets you know if you have an STD, and which one (or more than one) you have.
What is the treatment for STDs?
The type of STD you have determines the appropriate treatment. Some STDs have no cure, but are managed using medications so you can still lead a long, healthy life. Common STD treatments include:
- Antibiotics to cure chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, and syphilis
- Medications to lessen symptoms of genital herpes
- Medications that fight HIV and hepatitis infections
- Genital wart removal
- Surgical removal of part of the cervix for cancer-causing HPV infections
- Oral or topical medications for bacterial vaginosis
The key to curing STDs, or properly managing them to live a longer, healthier life, is early detection with regular STD testing if you’re at risk.
How can I Prevent STDs?
Abstaining from sexual intercourse is the only surefire way to avoid STDs. However, using a condom or having just one sexual partner who’s been tested and cleared of STDs significantly reduces your risk.
Use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment with MyDoc Urgent Care, or simply walk in and ask for an STD test today.