While a lot of headway has been made in the awareness and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), they’re still a significant health concern, especially if left untreated. At Capital Women’s Care, the experienced OB/GYNs promote regular testing for STDs to provide their patients in Rockville and Silver Spring, Maryland, with peace of mind. To find out more about confidential STD testing, call or book an appointment online.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) of all kinds are still prevalent in the United States. In fact, many doctors prefer to refer to them as sexually transmitted infections since many people may be infected but not present any symptoms.
In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the following cases of STDs:
The CDC doesn’t track cases of the most common STD -- the human papillomavirus (HPV) -- since many medical experts believe all sexually-active people will have some the infection over the course of their lives. Typically, your body deals with HPV on its own.
There are two main reasons for receiving STD testing:
Since you may not be aware you’ve been infected by an STD, you may unwittingly infect others.
Most STDs are easily treatable in their early stages. Left unchecked, however, an STD has the potential to create more severe problems down the road, such as cervical cancer.
The OB/GYNs at Capital Women’s Care recommend the following testing schedule:
While these recommendations provide basic guidelines, it’s best to sit down with your gynecologist to review your lifestyle and medical history.
If you’re more at risk of contracting an infection because of sexual activity with more than one partner or sexual activity with someone who’s infected, the doctor will likely recommend more frequent testing.
The OB/GYNs at Capital Women’s Care understand the delicate nature of STDs and provide confidential, non-judgmental testing. To learn more, call or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.