Sexual health can be a sensitive topic for some, however, you should not be afraid to raise questions and discuss them with your physician. The CDC estimates that there are about 20 million new Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) cases a year in the United States. Some of these have uncomfortable symptoms, however, many STDs can be asymptomatic. The most common infections include HPV, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, HSV-2, syphilis, HIV, and Hepatitis B.
In addition, some sexually transmitted infections are generally curable (chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, trichomoniasis), while others remain lifelong infections that can significantly impact one’s health.
If you are or plan to become sexually active, make sure you are educated about STDs and take the appropriate steps to protect yourself. Get routine STD testing and establish an open and honest relationship with your partner as well as your physician. ALWAYS use protection and avoid risky behaviors (such as having multiple partners or participating in sexual activity under the influence of drugs or alcohol).
Have questions about your sexual health? MetroIPC offers STD screenings as well as physical examinations specific to men and women. Make an appointment at one of our offices today.