Despite the stigma, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are widespread. According to the World Health Organization, almost 1 million people across the globe develop a sexually transmitted disease each day.
Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to tell if you have an STD. Sometimes symptoms mirror other conditions (like yeast infections); sometimes, symptoms don’t appear right away. With STD testing, you can get the answers and treatment you need to halt your infection.
An STD test provides you with solutions and helps prevent the accidental spread of STDs to your partner. Our
Dr. Bharat Gandhi of Medinet Family Care Clinic in Houston, TX, explains the common testing schedules and possible next steps if you already have an STD.
Regardless of sexual history or sexual orientation, all sexually active individuals require STD testing. STD tests vary depending on what type of STD is suspected. Common tests include:
STD tests can detect a variety of STDs, including herpes, chlamydia, hepatitis B, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), syphilis, and gonorrhea.
How often you need routine STD testing depends on a few factors:
According to the CDC’s recommendations, the suggested testing schedules are grouped into one of three categories: annual, interval, or particular circumstances.
You may need more frequent testing if you have any concerning symptoms.
Interval testing is done on a frequent schedule such as every three or six months. You may benefit from interval testing if you:
Not sure if interval testing is right for you? One of our understanding providers can discuss the benefits of interval testing during your appointment.
Even if you have regular, routine STD testing, you still might benefit from testing outside of those schedules. For instance, all expectant mothers receive STD testing as part of their routine prenatal care. You might also benefit from special circumstance STD screening before dating a new partner or if you suspect you may have an STD.
If you undergo a routine STD test and expect a negative result, you might be overwhelmed to learn you have an STD. If this occurs, remember that STDs are common and easily treated. Our team of providers can help you feel comfortable discussing your results and going over treatment options. If you do need treatment, we’ll guide you with the proper follow-up steps.
If you’re sexually active and due for an STD screening, call our Houston office at 281-564-3300, or request an appointment online.