April is Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Month and a great time to get your routine STD screening. The CDC estimates that there are about 20 million new STD cases a year in the US. While some of these have uncomfortable symptoms, such as painful lesions, burning with urination, or penile/vaginal discharge, many STDs can be asymptomatic. The most common infections include HPV, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, HSV-2, syphilis, HIV, and Hepatitis B.
While some sexually transmitted infections are generally curable (chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, trichomoniasis), 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. ALWAYS use protection and avoid risky behaviors (such as having multiple partners or participating in sexual activity under the influence of drugs or alcohol).
Visit one of our clinics for more information about specific sexually transmitted diseases, or check out the CDC website!