Sexually transmitted diseases can have a lasting impact on your health and the health of your loved ones. If you’re in an at-risk group or have signs or symptoms of an STD, get tested and confirm your status with our comprehensive STD Screen that tests for chlamydia/gonorrhea, herpes, HIV, and syphilis. Even if you’re not experiencing symptoms, it’s important to note that STDs can be asymptomatic and you may not necessarily have any associated signs or symptoms of being infected. For this reason, sexually active adults and individuals in at-risk groups should follow the CDC’s recommended guidelines for STD testing.
WHAT ARE STDs?
Sexually transmitted diseases, commonly also referred to as sexually transmitted infections, are diseases that are typically spread through sexual contact. These diseases are commonly spread through vaginal, anal, or oral sex, but can also be spread through non-sexual contact or through the sharing of dirty needles.
The CDC estimates that there are 20 million new sexually transmitted diseases each year in the United States. About half of these new cases are in young people between the ages of 15 to 24. In all, there are estimated to be over 110 million people in the United States with a sexually transmitted disease.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF STDs?
The symptoms for STDs can vary depending on the type of infection and the affected area of the body. However, not all people infected with an STD will have symptoms, so it’s important to follow recommended guidelines for testing or to get tested if you believe that you may have been infected.
HOW CAN YOU PREVENT STDs?
There are several strategies to help prevent sexually transmitted diseases. The following strategies, of which abstinence is considered the most reliable, are all recommended by the CDC:
- Reduce Number of Sex Partners
- Mutual Monogamy
- Use Condoms
Preventing the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases to others is also important. Knowing your status is an important step in stopping the spread of sexually transmitted diseases to others.