If you’re sexually active, even with only one partner, it’s important to get tested regularly for STDs. Often, people don’t realize they have an STD because many don’t have symptoms. But for your sexual health and the health of your partner(s), it’s important to schedule that annual exam.
When should I get tested for STDs?
The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends getting tested for STDs annually. This is true whether you’re in a committed relationship or are sexually active with multiple partners.
STDs like gonorrhea and chlamydia have no noticeable symptoms. They can, however, cause lasting damage if undetected and untreated.
Remember, even if you feel embarrassed, the sooner you detect an STD, the sooner you can begin treatment.
Do untreated STDs pose health risks?
Yes. And unfortunately, untreated STDs can have worse consequences for women than men in many cases. As one example, untreated chlamydia can spread to the fallopian tubes and uterus, causing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). It can then potentially lead to chronic pelvic pain and infertility.
Other health risks include:
- Cervical cancer from HPV
- Liver disease or failure from Hepatitis B
- Heart and blood vessel damage from syphilis
- Ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, and premature birth; the STD can also be passed to the fetus
Untreated STDs pose both short-term and long-term health risks that can be quite serious. The key to effective cures (where possible) and treatment is early detection.
How can I get free STD testing?
We offer free STD testing at New Life Clinic. This is important so you can experience optimal health, especially if you’re pregnant. Most doctors don’t offer testing unless requested, but don’t put this off. The health risks increase for pregnant women and shouldn’t be ignored or downplayed.
Contact us today to schedule your free appointment. Then, if your results are positive, you can pursue treatment and protect your sexual health.