What are some common types of STDs?
Sexually transmitted diseases are those in which the primary means of spreading the disease from one person to the next is through some form of sexual contact. There are a number of STDs, some of which are more common in certain populations than others.
Some of the more common types of STDs include:
These are just some of the diseases you can spread or contract through sexual activity.
Why should I get tested for STDs if I don’t have any symptoms?
Everyone who is sexually active should make STD testing part of their overall health and wellness plan. Many STDs don’t show symptoms, especially in the early stages.
Treatment can clear up most types of sexually transmitted disease, but if treatment is delayed it may not be as effective and you can have long-term repercussions like fertility problems.
Another reason everyone should get screened is to reduce the transmission of STDs. Understanding your own STD status allows you to make responsible decisions that can help keep your partners safe.
What can I do to prevent STDs?
Because sexually transmitted diseases can be contracted in many different ways, the only way to fully protect yourself is to abstain from all sexual contact. The next best thing is to remain in a mutually monogamous relationship in which both partners have been tested.
Using condoms each and every time you engage in sexual activity is also helpful in preventing many types of STDs. It’s important to understand, however, that some infections like HPV and herpes can spread through simple skin-to-skin contact, and that condoms don’t cover all areas where disease can spread.
Limiting your sexual partners is also helpful in reducing your risk of STDs. Be sure to ask if a new partner has been tested and how recently the screening occurred. There are few things more valuable than your health, so never feel self-conscious about taking steps to protect yourself.
If you’d like to learn more about STD screening, schedule a confidential appointment today by calling AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Arlington or using the online booking feature.