Who Should Be Tested for STDs and How Often?

In the United States, nearly 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases occur each year. More than half of those cases involve teens and young adults between the ages of 15 and 24. If you’re sexually active and you don’t want to be a statistic, get tested for STDs regularly. Your sexual preference and number of partners may dictate how often you get tested.

At OPĒS Health Channelside, we want you to be safe and healthy. Dr. Victor Cruz and his staff of nurse practitioners provide confidential and nonjudgmental STD testing.

Who should get tested?

If you’re sexually active, you should have an STD test. STDs are infections that are transmitted from person to person through sexual contact. Due to the stigma surrounding sex and STDs, many people choose not to get tested. Untreated STDs can lead to more serious health problems, such as infertility in women.

Some of the more common STDs include:

At OPĒS Health Channel, we first talk to you about your sexual history and discuss your symptoms to determine what STDs we should test for.

How often?

While we test for STDs as needed based on your request and sexual history, if you’re sexually active, we recommend you get tested annually for:

We recommended these annual tests whether you’re heterosexual, bisexual, or gay.

If you’re pregnant, we recommend STD screening for chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, hepatitis B, and syphilis. We test for these STDs during pregnancy so we can provide treatment that prevents you from passing the infection to your baby.

HPV is one of the most common STDs, and in addition to causing genital warts, certain strains of HPV increase the risk of cervical cancer in women. The HPV test is usually done during your Pap test. Women between the ages of 21 and 29 should get an HPV test every three years and women between ages 30 and 65 every five years.

More frequent testing if ...

Certain sexual preferences may require more frequent STD testing. If you’re a gay man or a man who has sex with men with multiple partners, we recommend you get tested for HIV and other STDs every three to six months.

As an urgent care clinic, we have convenient hours and can test for STDs any time you come in for a visit.  

After testing

If your test comes back negative, we suggest you continue to come in for your regular checkups and testing as recommended. We also advise that you take precautions with sexual activity and use condoms or maintain a monogamous sexual relationship to reduce your risk of contracting an STD.

If your test comes back positive, Dr. Cruz and our team at OPĒS Health Channelside can provide treatment. STDs such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis can be treated and cleared up with antibiotics. For HIV and HPV, there are no cures, but we can provide treatment to help minimize symptoms.

We provide confidential STD testing in a safe, caring, and nonjudgmental environment. Call, book an appointment online, or come by the office to get tested today.

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