Even if you are not displaying any symptoms, you may have an STD (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) if you are sexually active. 1 in 5 people in the U.S. has an STD, according to the Centers for Disease Control ( CDC).
While some STDs go away on their own, leaving them untreated could be a risk for any future or current partners. For instance, HPV (human papillomavirus) can lead to some forms of cancer.
The good news is that treatment for numerous STDs are highly effective. Read this article if you’re seeking information about which tests to undergo, the relevance of pregnancy, or where to locate free STD testing.
How Do I Know What Type of STD to Test for?
Even if you’re not displaying symptoms, you should get tested at least once a year if you’re sexually active. Some of the most common STD screenings for women are chlamydia, HPV, gonorrhea, and herpes.
What Are the Symptoms of STDs?
Some 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
Does It Matter If I’m Pregnant?
According to the CDC, it’s recommended that pregnant women test for syphilis, HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C because of the impact these can have on the health of the pregnancy.
If you are pregnant and have an STD, it can introduce additional risks and complications. In certain scenarios, it may even create a life-threatening situation.
By getting tested, you can ensure early detection and appropriate treatment, which can protect your well-being and the health of your pregnancy.
Free Pregnancy and STD Screening
At Lakes Life Care Center, we offer free pregnancy tests and STD screenings. We are here to equip you with information about your treatment options, and we also provide a safe space for you to ask questions without judgment.
Contact us today to schedule your free appointment.