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How often should I be tested for sexually transmitted infections?

STD

Excellent question. The fact is that every time you have sex, there is a chance that you could get a sexually transmitted infection. Consider this the next time you meet someone new. No one actually looks like they have chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomonas, herpes, or HIV, to name a few STIs. Cute, well-dressed, and polished people can spread these infections. You certainly cannot judge a book by the cover.

Condoms can reduce your chance of infection but only if you use condoms every single time. If left untreated, an STI could lead to serious health problems and even infertility. You could have an STI for several years without any signs. We offer testing for herpes during the annual GYN visit and many women are shocked when they test positive for herpes. Of course, that’s how some men spread it too, they didn’t know they had an STI. By the way, even married and older women should consider testing for STI.  A large study recently showed that women 45 years and older had the highest rate of Trichomonas Vaginalis, a sexually transmitted infection. 

Let’s discuss your health profile and sexual exposure to determine what’s best for you.  The more you know…

Author
Dr. Chetanna Okasi Dr. Okasi is a board certified obstetrician/gynecologist, and the medical director of Women's Wellness MD. Her mission is to help women achieve total wellness of mind, body, and spirit.

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