There are many lessons to come out of the COVID pandemic, including the threat of communicable diseases and the value of testing. We’d like to make the case that these are lessons we’ve already learned, especially when it comes to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), yet the numbers in the United States are hitting all-time highs.
At Tahoe Women's Care, Dr. Gary Willen and our team understand the potential threat that many STDs pose, and we believe that STD testing is one of the best lines of defense.
In the following, we explore why and when you should consider screening for STDs.
The short answer is, “Yes.” The CDC routinely gathers data on STDs, and the most recent come from 2019 — and the results are eye-opening.
In comparing STD statistics over the year 2015, the CDC found that:
Just as disturbing, the cases of congenital syphilis (when the disease is acquired by a fetus) rose a whopping 279% to 1,870.
Most STDs are treatable, and the sooner we identify and remedy the problem, the better able you are to avoid the potential long-term consequences of untreated STDs, such as infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease.
We recommend that you come see us if you’re experiencing any of the following:
After reviewing your symptoms and performing an exam, we run a test for possible STDs. These simple tests allow us to positively identify the infection behind your symptoms so that we can get you started on an appropriate treatment protocol. Not only do these efforts clear up your infection, they also prevent you from spreading it to others.
Even if you’re not experiencing any symptoms, we should still screen you for STDs on a regular basis.
The CDC, and our team, recommend the following:
These are just general rules of thumb, and we’re happy to sit down with you to review which tests are appropriate for your unique situation.
The tests themselves are very easy and include either drawing blood, collecting urine, or performing a simple swab.
To learn more about testing for STDs or to schedule a confidential screening, contact our office in Carson City, Nevada.