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Most STDs don’t have symptoms. Stay in the know and get tested.
While discussing STDs isn’t always comfortable, it is important to talk about it with your partner and our Ridgewood, NJ, OBGYNs Dr. Eric Bentolila and Dr. Jacqueline Saiita. If you are sexually active, regular STD testing can keep both you and your partner safe. Here’s what you should know about STD testing, as well as ways to treat common STDs:
You can have an STD and not have symptoms
That’s right; you could have an STD and not even know it. Symptoms can show up weeks, months or even years after being infected (in fact, it can take up to 10 years for someone with HIV to even notice symptoms). Some people notice little to no symptoms and don’t even suspect that they might be an STD. That’s why it’s best to play it safe and to talk to your Ridgewood, NJ, OBGYN about testing if you are sexually active.
Most STDS are treatable
Four out of eight STDS can be cured with medication. These include syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis. Certain strains of HPV will go away once the body has shed the infection (this can take years, though). While there is no cure for herpes and HIV, they can be properly managed through medication and healthy lifestyle changes. Your doctor can discuss treatment options with you, if you do test positive for an STD.
How often you get tested depends on several factors
Some people may benefit from getting tested twice a year while others may choose to get tested once a year or every few years. It really depends on certain factors surrounding your sexual history and habits.
Those who do not wear condoms or practice safe sex, as well as those who have multiple sexual partners at a time may want to strongly consider getting tested more regularly by their OBGYN. Be honest and upfront about your sexual history so that your gynecologist can provide proper recommendations for how often you should get tested and which tests you should undergo.
Untreated STDs can cause serious complications
Certain STDs can lead to serious complications such as infertility if left untreated, so it’s important that you are getting tested and taking your health seriously. By catching STDs early on we can provide you with the treatment you need to prevent fertility problems and other issues from happening to you.
Regardless of whether you are experiencing symptoms of an STD or not, you can turn to our Ridgewood, NJ, OBGYN for STD testing anytime. Make your sexual health a priority. We can even test during your next annual gynecology visit. Just give us a call at (201) 447-1700.
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.