Regular testing for sexually transmitted diseases is necessary whether you have one sexual partner or multiple sexual partners. Even if you’re in a monogamous sexual relationship, both of you should still get tested regularly for STDs. STDs can have a more serious health impact on women than men and can lead to pregnancy complications, chronic pelvic pain, infertility, and can even increase risks of certain types of cancer.
The more sexual partners you have, the more at risk you are for contracting an STD. Decreasing the number of sexual partners you have, therefore, reduces your risk of disease. Additionally, using a male condom during intercourse with your partner is the only method of birth control that helps prevent the transmission of STDs. Regular STD testing keeps you constantly aware of your sexual health, and potentially that of your partner.
STD testing for certain diseases like chlamydia and gonorrhea only requires a urine sample. Testing for other diseases such as HIV, oral and genital herpes, hepatitis and syphilis requires drawing a blood sample.
You may be surprised to test positive for an STD if you haven’t experienced any symptoms, but this is actually fairly common. If you do test positive for an STD, you need to inform your recent partners that they should get tested as well. Many STDs are treatable and even curable. In order to stop the spread of the disease, you should abstain from sexual intercourse until you complete treatment. If you are in the Tulare, California area and believe you’ve contracted an STD, schedule an appointment with Dr. Betre to review your treatment options.
Dr. Betre accepts most major insurances. This is a list of some of the major insurances we offer. If you do not see your insurance listed here, please feel free to call our office to confirm.