STD Testing in Washington, DC
Getting tested for STDs is extremely important if you are sexually active. Identifying STDs as soon as you get them can help you to more effectively treat them as well as help you take precautions to ensure that you don’t spread them to a partner.
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When to Get Tested For STDs
If you notice any STD symptoms, which can vary greatly depending on the STD, then you should schedule a screening as soon as possible. Some of the common symptoms that STDs cause includes sores or bumps around the genital area, irregular discharges, burning sensations during urination as well as feelings of itching, irritation, swelling or pain around the genital area.
However, it’s important to understand that you can contract an STD and not showcase symptoms for months or ever at all. This means that you can still spread them to your partners. Because of this, you should be tested if you have had unprotected sex. You should also consider getting tested even if you have protected sex, especially if you’ve been with multiple partners since the last time you were tested.
The following are some of the more common STDs that you should get tested for.
- Chlamydia – Chlamydia can be spread by vaginal, anal, and, in rarer cases, oral sex and is the most commonly reported STD in the country. Symptoms usually involve an irregular discharge from the vagina or penis or a burning sensation during urination; however, only 50 percent of men and 25 percent of women will experience symptoms. Fortunately, Chlamydia can be treated with antibiotics.
- Gonorrhea – Gonorrhea is similar to chlamydia in terms of symptoms. However, most men will suffer from symptoms, whereas only 20 percent of women will. Also like chlamydia, gonorrhea is a bacteria that can be treated with antibiotics.
- Syphilis – Syphilis works in four stages, each more serious than the last. Symptoms begin with sores, followed by a rash. The final stage can cause organ and nerve damage, which is why being tested is so important. Syphilis can be treated with antibiotics as well. The sooner you catch it, the less antibiotic treatment you’ll need.
- Herpes – There are two strains of herpes, HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-2 is the type that typically causes genital herpes, which results in painful blisters around the genitals and anus region. Herpes is a virus, which means it cannot be cured. However, there is medication available to treat it.
- HIV – HIV is a virus that causes AIDS. It can pass through blood, semen, vaginal fluids and breast milk. HIV is often spread by sharing a needle or by having unprotected sexual intercourse.
Make an STD Testing Appointment in Washington, DC
These are some of the most common STDs to watch out for. Some of the symptoms are quite serious, which is why being tested is so important. If you need to set up an STD screening, then be sure to contact us at Dr. Enelow in order to schedule a medical introduction today.
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