April is National STD Awareness Month, and STDs, like syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, have been on the rise since 2013. Know the facts about STD testing.
Untreated STDs can lead to serious health problems, and many have no symptoms. All sexually active teens and adults should be tested at least once for HIV.
All sexually active women under 25 and those over 25 who meet the right risk factors should be tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia each year.
All pregnant women should be tested for syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis B early in the pregnancy. At risk women should also be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea.
Anyone who has unsafe sex or shares needles should get tested for HIV and other STDs yearly.
Talking openly with your doctor about your sexual activity helps them decide what STD tests are right for you. Here are some tips to start the conversation.
The best way to protect your sexual health is by talking to your partner about your histories and getting tested for STDs and HIV. Here are some tips for starting those conversations.