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STD Tested sqSexually transmitted diseases are at all-time high in America. The most recent annual figures from the Centers for Disease Control show more than 1.5 million cases of chlamydia, 400,000 cases of gonorrhea and nearly 24,000 cases of the most infectious forms of syphilis.

These rising numbers may be the result of more unprotected sex because of less concern about HIV, or because of the popularity of online “hook-up” apps like Tinder.  But it’s not just young people who are at-risk, because rates of STDs are rising for all age groups, including those 65 and older.

We can stem this growing epidemic with education to recognize the signs of an STD, so that testing and treatment can begin sooner to stop the spread of infection. Some common symptoms of an STD can include vaginal itching or discharge; vaginal blisters or a rash in the genital area; burning or painful urination, or pain during intercourse.

An STD might have more subtle symptoms like pelvic pain, lower back pain, fever, nausea, a
sore throat after oral sex, or swelling of the joints. By not recognizing the first signs of an STD, these infections may go untreated, which can cause long-lasting or even irreversible effects.

There may be no symptoms in early stages of an STD, so it’s important to have periodic screenings to check for any signs of an infection, especially if you engage in sex without a condom or are sexually active with more than one partner.

Speaking of partners, both of you need to be screened for STDs in order to stop the spread of any infection. You may need to ask them to be tested, and this can be a difficult conversation for a partner who doesn’t want to deal with it.

It’s okay to admit to them that this is hard to talk about, but explain that if you care about each other, it's important to be tested. Ask them if they’d be willing to go with you to be tested together. If you’ve been tested for STDs, tell them about the results and explain that they should be tested too, so you can  take care of each other.

Being tested for STDs may seem frightening, but the sooner you know the better off you both are. Many STDs can be easily cured with medicine, and those that can’t be cured can be treated to reduce symptoms and lessen the risk of giving it to a partner.

You can make an appointment with us online or call our office at (734) 282-3600 to schedule a visit for STD testing. You can also contact your local health department to find out about STD testing in your area.

 

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax