Why STI Testing is So Important

You know you should get tested for STIs, but you just can’t seem to get around to it. No judgment here—we get it! You have a life, you have responsibilities to tend to, and also—there’s a lot of really great TV right now. Let’s be honest—scheduling a GYN appointment orrrrrr watch the latest Game of Thrones (or go to the beach, or even grocery shopping)? 

Even though you have valid excuses to put off your next appointment for STI testing, we just want to urge you, maybe persuade you, to stop putting off that appointment. Recently, the World Health Organization released data showing that gonorrhea is becoming more and more resistant to antibiotics, and in some cases, impossible to treat. 

That. Is. Terrifying.

WHO has identified three strains of gonorrhea as “superbugs” in Japan, Spain, and France. These cannot be treated.

So…. it’s a good time to be tested. Currently, gonorrhea is treated with a combination of two antibiotics. And gonorrhea is not something that you should just let go untreated. The infection can cause serious health problems, including pelvic inflammatory disease, which could lead to ectopic pregnancy and infertility.

Antibiotic resistance can develop for a number of reasons, including using antibiotics improperly (it’s so important to finish your antibiotics completely unless instructed otherwise by a doctor!!!). Researching and developing new antibiotics is not something that will bring in a lot of money for pharmaceutical companies, so they aren’t really looking into it.

Gonorrhea is not the only STI on the rise. In fact, chlamydia and syphilis are also on the rise.

The point of all this is not to scare you, but to stress the importance of getting testing. Not sure when you should get tested, or what test is right for you? Make an appointment with our certified nurse midwife. We can help you go over all of the testing options, and let you know when and how often you should be tested. Call us!

Here’s a link from the Mayo Clinic about STI testing.