April is Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Month, and recent data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for three nationally-reported STDs—chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis—show staggering numbers, with cases of all three diseases increasing for the first time since 2006. Those at greatest risk for infection include people ages 15–24, and gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men. There is some good news, though. STDs are preventable. There are steps individuals can take to minimize the negative, long-term consequences of these infections. The theme of the CDCs STD Awareness Month 2016 is Talk. Test. Treat.
Understanding what you can do to lower your risk of getting infected is the first step.
- Talk with your partner BEFORE having sex.
- Talk about when you were last tested and suggest getting tested together.
- If you have an STD (like herpes or HIV), tell your partner.
- Agree to only have sex with each other.
- Use latex condoms the right way every time you have sex.
- Talk with your healthcare provider about your sex life, and ask what STD tests you should be getting and how often.
- Get tested. It’s the only way to know for sure if you have an STD. Many STDs don’t cause any symptoms.
- Find out which STD tests CDC recommends.
- If you test positive for an STD, work with your doctor to get the correct treatment.
- Some STDs can be cured with the right medicine from your doctor.
- Other STDs aren’t curable, but they are treatable. Your doctor can talk with you about which medications are right for you.
Read more online and find more resources at: http://www.cdc.gov/std/sam/
Talk to Dr. Strebel or Dr. Grolle about what STDs you could be at risk for and what tests might be right for you. If you are concerned you might have an STD, call to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.