Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are both preventable and treatable, but continue to remain on the rise. These infections can be asymptomatic and can lead to long term impacts on a woman’s health which can include difficultly getting pregnant.
When symptoms are present they can include vaginal discharge and itching, abnormal vaginal bleeding, burning with urination, and/or abdominal pain. Many women have no symptoms at all and that is a reason why getting tested is so important.
The CDC recommends that all adults be tested at least once for HIV, that all sexually active women younger than 25 years be tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia every year, and that pregnant women be tested early in pregnancy. It is also important to get tested after a new partner or exposure and to encourage partners to be tested, as well.
Treatment for STDs include antibiotics and antiviral medications. After treatment, it is recommended to have testing again to make sure the infection has been treated. STDs can be prevented with regular condom usage.
If you are interested in STD testing or are experiencing any of the above symptoms, contact Capital Women’s Care Division 44 to schedule a consult with one of our providers. Getting tested for STDs is as easy as scheduling a consult and we are here to help you take control of your health!