If you are sexually active, getting tested for a sexually transmitted disease or infection is a crucial step to take to protect your long-term health. The CDC estimates that 1 in 5 people have an infection, although many are asymptomatic, so they may not be aware of it.
If you’re contemplating getting tested, keep reading to explore the advantages for you and any present or prospective partners.
You Might Not Show Symptoms
If you have an STI, getting tested as quickly as possible is advisable since the longer it remains undiagnosed, the higher the likelihood of it leading to health issues later on.
According to the Mayo Clinic, STI symptoms could include:
- Sores or bumps on the genitals or in the oral or rectal area
- Painful or burning urination
- Discharge from the penis
- Unusual or odorous vaginal discharge
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
- Pain during sex
- Sore, swollen lymph nodes, particularly in the groin but sometimes more widespread
- Lower abdominal pain
- Rash over the trunk, hands, or feet
In one study, asymptomatic patients were screened for gonorrhea and chlamydia. The results showed that 45% and 77% of all cases of gonorrhea and chlamydial infection were never symptomatic, demonstrating how easy it is to miss an STI diagnosis and treatment.
Regardless of whether you display any symptoms, it’s vital to incorporate STI testing as a routine part of your health examination if you are sexually active.
STIs Can Impact Pregnancy
For those who are pregnant or considering pregnancy in the future, having an STI can present significant risks to the unborn child, as numerous STIs can transmit to the fetus during childbirth.
How Can We Help?
The two most common STIs are chlamydia and gonorrhea. We offer no-cost STI testing and treatment for both of these if you have a positive pregnancy test.
Take control of your health today with no-cost STI testing and treatment at AscentCare. We offer a judgment-free place where you can discuss your results and learn about treatment options if necessary. Contact us today to schedule a confidential appointment.