Should You Get Tested for STDs?

If you’re sexually active, you can contract sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). But STDs don’t always come with obvious sym

Did you know approximately one million sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are acquired across the globe every day? In the United States alone, more than 20 million new cases of STDs are reported each year, with 50% of those striking teenagers and young adults under 25.  

Even though STDs are incredibly common, it can be an uncomfortable or embarrassing topic to discuss, even with your doctor. At Cosmopolitan Medical Practice in New York City, we understand. Dr. Robin McKinney and our compassionate care team are dedicated to your complete health and wellness. That’s why we offer confidential and comprehensive STD testing and treatment.

If you’re wondering whether you should be tested for STDs, we can help. We’ve curated this guide to answer common questions about STD testing and treatment. Read on to learn more!

What are STDs?

Sexually transmitted diseases are caused by infections transmitted through vaginal, anal, or oral sexual intercourse. People also interchangeably refer to STDs as STIs (sexually transmitted infections) or venereal diseases. 

There are more than 25 types of STDs, and each is caused by a different bacterium or virus. The most common STDs include:

How can I tell if I have an STD?

The only guarantee against STDs is abstinence, which isn’t practical for most people. And some STDs that can have serious complications if left untreated don’t have obvious symptoms. That’s why the best way to tell if you have an STD is through testing.   

Who should get tested for STDs?

If you are sexually active, getting tested for STDs is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health and the health of your partner. Depending on your sexual activity and history, you may be at increased risk for STDs. 

Here is a summary of recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

How are STDs treated?

The treatment protocol Dr. McKinney recommends depends on your STD diagnosis. At Cosmopolitan Medical Practice, we help you learn about your risk factors and provide any necessary treatment if you’ve already contracted an STD. 

How can I learn more about confidential STD testing?

If you’re worried about STDs or want to learn more about comprehensive and confidential testing, we’re here to help. Call us at 212-651-6263 or book a visit online today!

 

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