STDs, or “sexually transmitted disease,” are those contracted through sexual intercourse. There are 25 different diseases that a human can transmit via sexual intercourse, and it is important that individuals who are sexually active have routine STD testing. Approximately half of men and women who are sexually active will contract an STD by the age of 25, making it incredibly vital that patients are not only getting screened regularly but are practicing safe sex.
What types of STD tests are available?
It is critical that sexually active individuals get routine STD tests since many do not exhibit symptoms, though they can be passed on, impact health, or affect one’s fertility. Many common STDs have simple screenings that can be performed right in the doctor’s office. Some of the typical STDs tested for at the Texas Center for Health include:
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
To determine which tests might be appropriate, patients should be open and honest with their healthcare professional. Practitioners can educate patients on the types of tests that should be performed based on the information they are given. Our practice is free from judgement, and we strongly encourage patients to speak to their practitioner without leaving any information withheld. This is best for a patient’s health.
What is needed to test for STDs?
The type of STD being tested will vary the type of test necessary. Some require urine samples, blood samples, or a physical evaluation and swabbing of the genital area to screen for certain STDs. Once an STD is diagnosed, patients speak to their provider about treatment recommendations.
What can happen if an STD isn’t diagnosed and treated?
First and foremost, the patient will spread that STD to others during unprotected sexual intercourse. Alternatively, certain medical issues can arise, including infertility, cervical cancer, pelvic inflammatory disease, and even liver disease. Pregnant women are also faced with certain medical concerns in regards to STDs including higher risks of ectopic pregnancies, premature delivery, and miscarriages. Many STDs can also be passed to a baby during childbirth.
Discuss STD screening with the team at Texas Center for Health
If you live in the Beaumont, TX area and are interested in learning more about STD tests and screenings, contact our facility at (409) 923-0012 to request an appointment at 2929 Calder Avenue, Suite #204.