A sexually transmitted disease (STD) is usually contracted through sexual activity. Engaging in sexual activity without proper protection can lead to an STD regardless of your sex or sexuality. Detecting an STD early decreases your chances of complications developing.
Your doctor can discuss different methods to protect you against STDs, and regular testing is an excellent form of preventive care.
There are some STD tests you can take at home, but professional testing is the most reliable and accurate because it gives you the support of a medical specialist with knowledge of sexually transmitted diseases.
If you’re sexually active with multiple partners, it’s important to get regular STD testing.
You begin with a consultation where your doctor devises an individualized treatment plan for you to decide the best methods of testing.
Numerous STD testing methods are available, including:
There are many common STDs:
Other common STDs include:
STD testing is especially beneficial as part of your preventive care to protect your reproductive health and general health. Some sexually transmitted diseases don’t exhibit any symptoms and are detected only through an STD test.
Some STDs can lead to infertility and other health complications if left untreated, and some are transmittable without sexual contact. You can get hepatitis, for example, when you come into contact with the blood of an infected person.
STD testing is safe, efficient, and can be performed quickly and conveniently in the office. The Louisiana Women’s Healthcare team offers comprehensive testing to detect a range of common STDs.
If you’d like more information on STD testing and want to book your test, call our office today.