According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and infections present a significant health problem for the United States, with approximately 20 million new infections diagnosed every year and over $16 billion in associated healthcare costs as a result. Dr. Eric Bentolila, an OBGYN in Ridgewood, NJ, offers discreet STD testing and treatment for men and women.
STD Screening and Treatment in Ridgewood, NJ
The first step in sexual health is knowing your current STD status. Because many sexually transmitted infections are slow to present symptoms or do not present symptoms at all in many cases, the only way to know for sure is to undergo routine STD screenings if you are sexually active. Many people remain unaware of their STD status, and the CDC estimates that infection rates for STDs may actually be much higher.
Some of the most common sexually transmitted diseases and infections include:
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Herpes simplex virus
Some sexually transmitted diseases and infections can pose serious health risks if left untreated, such as cancer (HPV), AIDS (HIV), and infertility.
When Should You Get STD Testing?
Technically, anyone who is sexually active can (and should) undergo routine STD screenings depending on personal risk factors and possible exposure. Having unprotected sex, multiple, or new sex partners is a good time to get tested. Some infections can be treated with antibiotics, but treatment will depend on the type and severity of STD infection. Getting tested and treated as soon after infection as possible is the best way to protect your health and your partners from possible exposure.
Find an OBGYN in Ridgewood, NJ
Regular STD testing and screening is an important part of a comprehensive healthcare and wellness plan for sexually active adults and their partners. For more information about STD prevention, testing and treatment, contact our office by calling (201) 447-1700 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bentolila today.