Who Should Be Tested for STDs and How Frequently?

Around the world every day, about one million sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are acquired. And in America, more than 20 million new cases of STDs are reported each year, many of which don’t come with obvious symptoms. STD testing is the only way to know for sure if you’re among them.   

STDs may be common, but for many women, discussing them can be uncomfortable or embarrassing. At North Atlanta Women’s Care with offices in Cumming, Johns Creek, and Alpharetta, Georgia, we understand. Our care providers are dedicated to your complete health and wellness. Our complete line of services helps women of all ages stay healthy and disease-free. 

We provide compassionate, comprehensive STD testing and treatment to women in the Greater Atlanta region. If you’re wondering if you should be tested for STDs and how frequently, we can help. Read on to learn more!

What are STDs?

Infections passed from person-to-person through vaginal, anal, or oral sexual intercourse are called sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs. You might also hear people call STDs a venereal disease or STI (sexually transmitted infection).  

There are more than many types of STDs. Different bacteria or viruses cause different kinds of STDs, but some of the most common STDs include:

Who should be tested for STDs and when?

The only way to completely avoid an STD is by abstaining from sexual activity. Since that isn’t practical for most people, being tested for STDs is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your partner. 

Who should be tested and how frequently depends on whether your sexually active, your age, and your medical and sexual health history. Certain lifestyle factors increase your risk of contracting an STD and therefore how often you should be screened.  

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend the following STD testing schedule for women of all ages:

How are STDs treated?

Different STD diagnoses require different treatment protocols. Many STDs can be treated with oral medication. At North Atlanta Women’s Care, we help you understand your risk factors and provide safe, effective treatment if screening reveals you have an STD. 

How can I learn more about confidential STD testing?

If it’s time for your STD screening or if you’re concerned about STDs, North Atlanta Women’s Care is here to help. Contact one of our three Greater Atlanta offices, or request an appointment online now!

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