Getting screened for sexually transmitted diseases is an important part of maintaining optimal health. This is one of many women’s health services available at Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates in Ocean and Howell, New Jersey. If you’d like to schedule a screening, call or use the online booking tool to set up a visit. You can also ask for STD testing when you book your annual well-woman exam.
Sexually transmitted diseases are common, and they don’t always show clear symptoms. Getting tested is the only way to know for sure if you have a sexually transmitted infection. Most STDs can be treated and cured, but if you don’t know you’re infected, it’s possible to spread the disease to others.
Some of the more common types of STD include:
Left untreated, sexually transmitted diseases can cause numerous health issues.
Many STDs don’t cause symptoms, which is why testing is so important. When symptoms are present, they might include a combination of:
If you notice any of these changes, schedule a diagnostic exam right away.
The only way to fully prevent sexually transmitted diseases is to abstain from all sexual contact. The next best option is to remain in a mutually monogamous relationship in which both partners have been tested for STDs.
With proper use, male and female condoms provide a high degree of protection. It’s important to note, however, that condoms don’t fully cover all areas of male or female genitalia. It’s still possible to contract certain types of STDs even with condom use.
Limiting your number of sexual partners is also a good way to reduce the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease.
Your treatment path depends on the type of STD you’re diagnosed with. Some infections like syphilis or gonorrhea can be cleared up with a course of antibiotics.
Others, like genital herpes, cannot be cured and require long-term management. Medication can reduce the number of outbreaks and the risk of spreading the disease to others.
Even HIV can be treated, and today’s drug therapies enable those with HIV to live long lives. No matter what type of STD you have, there is a treatment plan that can help. The first step is getting screened, so book your visit today by calling the office or using the online tool.