Does Everyone Need to Be Tested for STDs?

Does Everyone Need to Be Tested for STDs?

If you’re sexually active, STD testing is the best way to ensure you’re healthy, even if you don’t notice any worrying symptoms. Getting testing and treatment not only helps you stay healthy, but it also prevents the spread of STDs to others. 

Almost anyone who is sexually active can benefit from STD testing, especially those who’ve had more than one sexual partner or those whose partner has had more than one sexual partner. 

Below, we asked Dr. John Macey, our expert, to explain who is a good candidate for STD testing. Read on to learn how often you should get tested, and find out what risks are associated with untreated STDs.

Who should get tested for STDs?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC) guidelines suggest that sexually active adults and teenagers alike benefit from getting tested on a yearly basis for gonorrhea and chlamydia. Pregnant women are often tested for syphilis HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C, as these particular STDs can lead to birth defects. 

You may need yearly testing if you’re committed to one partner and practice safe sex, and you don’t have a history of STDs. More frequent testing may be recommended if you have more than one sexual partner or practice unsafe sex. 

Certain symptoms should also prompt you to seek testing. These include the following:

In rare cases, warts in the throat or mouth may also indicate an untreated STD.

What can you expect during STD testing?

STD testing may entail a urine sample, a cheek swab, or a blood sample. Depending on the type of STD testing you undertake, it can take anywhere between two and three days to receive your results.

If you’re expecting the test to be negative but test positive for an STD, keep in mind that most STDs are easy to treat and manage with the right medications. 

Learn more about STD testing 

Left untreated, STDs can lead to serious complications such as infertility, birth defects, and even blindness. Fortunately, antibiotics and antiviral drugs have made the treatment of STDs effective and safe for both adults and teenagers. 

If you haven’t gotten tested in a while or at all, get peace of mind by contacting us to schedule an appointment. Dr. Macey will be more than happy to explain how STD testing works and go over what tests are recommended in relation to your medical history. 

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