As a sexually active person, getting tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs/STDs) is one of the single most important steps you can take to protect your future health and fertility. Many STIs start without you even knowing—there can be little to no symptoms, depending on the infection. The only way to know for sure is to get tested.
It’s important that you talk with your sexual partners about getting tested, too. This kind of discussion can be difficult, awkward, and sometimes embarrassing to have, but its importance cannot be overstated. Depending on the infection, an untreated STI can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, miscarriage, infertility, dementia, and more. If you need help knowing where to start, make an appointment with our female nurse clinician! We have a lot of information we can share with you about why getting tested for an STI is important, which you can then share with your partner. Starting this discussion and getting STI testing is mature, responsible, and a great first step in taking control of your sexual life.
From the CDC:
- All adults and adolescents from ages 13 to 64should be tested at least once for HIV.
- Annual chlamydia and gonorrhea screening of allsexually active women younger than 25 years, as well as older women with risk factors such as new or multiple sex partners, or a sex partner who has a sexually transmitted infection.
- Syphilis, HIV, chlamydia, and hepatitis B screening forall pregnant women, and gonorrhea screening for at-risk pregnant women starting early in pregnancy, with repeat testing as needed, to protect the health of mothers and their infants.
- Screening at least once a year for syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea forall sexually active gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). MSM who have multiple or anonymous partners should be screened more frequently for STDs (i.e., at 3-to-6 month intervals).
- Anyone who has unsafe sex or shares injection drug equipmentshould get tested for HIV at least once a year. Sexually active gay and bisexual men may benefit from more frequent testing (e.g., every 3 to 6 months).
Call us today; with the right information, you will feel confident in about taking the right steps in protecting your reproductive health.