Getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is a crucial step 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 sexually active, read below to learn how this can benefit you and any current or future partner.

You Could Be Asymptomatic

If you have an STD, getting tested as soon as possible is best because the longer it goes undetected, the greater the risk of causing health complications. 

STD symptoms could include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Unusual discharge from the vagina
  • Sores or warts on the genital area
  • Painful or frequent urination
  • Itching and redness in the genital area
  • Blisters or sores in or around the mouth
  • Abnormal vaginal odor
  • Anal itching, soreness, or bleeding

In one study, asymptomatic patients were screened for gonorrhea and chlamydia, and the results showed that 45% and 77% of all cases of gonorrhea and chlamydial infection, respectively, were never symptomatic. 

Also, 86% and 95% of untreated cases of gonorrhea and chlamydial infection were untreated because they were never symptomatic.

Whether or not you are experiencing any symptoms, it is still important to make STD testing a routine part of your health screening if you’re sexually active. 

STIs Can Impact Pregnancy Options

If you are currently pregnant or are interested in becoming pregnant, having an STD can pose significant risks to the fetus because many STDs can be transferred to the fetus during birth.

Having an STD while pregnant can also lead to complications, depending on the type of infection. 

Obtaining an abortion while infected with an STD increases the risk of developing a severe infection called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID can affect a woman’s health long term with complications like:

  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Infertility
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Abscesses in the reproductive tract

Protect and Respect Your Partner(s)

If you are sexually active and have not been tested, getting screened is a good idea, regardless of whether you show signs of STDs.

Because many STDs are asymptomatic, it’s essential to protect yourself and your partner’s sexual health and eliminate the possibility of an infection. 

Next Steps

Take control of your health today and take advantage of our no-cost STD testing at Lakes Life Center. We offer a judgment-free place where you can discuss your results and learn about treatment options if necessary. Contact us today!