When it comes to your health, information is power. This is especially true when discussing STDs. Individuals who engage in high-risk sexual practices, as well as those who do not but who are sexually active, benefit from visiting our primary care physicians and discussing STD testing.
It is a mistake to think that you would automatically know if you had an STD. According to the Department of Health, 75% of women and 50% of men infected with chlamydia have no symptoms. Both male and female gonorrhea sufferers may only have minor symptoms or no symptoms at all.
The only way to know for sure is to get tested for STDs.
Will My Primary Care Doctor Automatically Test Me for STDs?
Your primary care physician is deeply concerned about every aspect of your health. A sexual risk assessment is performed annually by some primary care physicians. However, it is important for you to communicate with your doctor about any at risky behavior you have been involved in. Having a frank and honest conversation with your primary care provider about your sexual activity may seem intimidating, but it is a key factor in your overall well-being.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if left untreated, sexually-transmitted diseases can lead to infertility and severe health issues, including:
- Reproductive problems
- Organ damage
Should I Be Tested for STDs?
Sexually active individuals should consider being tested for STDs if:
- You are beginning a new relationship
- You and your partner are considering having unprotected sex
- Your partner has been unfaithful, or has multiple sexual partners
- You have more than one sexual partner
- You have symptoms that make you think you have an STD
If you and your partner have been in a relationship for a long time, you are monogamous, and you were both tested prior to starting your relationship, you may not need regular STD testing. However, if you and your partner were not tested prior to starting your relationship, there exists a chance that you may have an undiagnosed STD.
Do not allow fear or anxiety to prevent to you from getting STD testing. When it comes to your health, information is the most powerful thing you can have. Contact us today. Let our caring, discreet, and confidential primary care physicians help you manage your well-being.