When you are sexually active outside of a monogamous relationship, both routine and urgent STD testing is an important part of staying healthy. If you have not had routine STD testing in the past year and have had a new sex partner, then a new round of tests is recommended. If you have any of the following symptoms, testing is also recommended.
Symptoms for Men and Women
- Genital sores, including fluid-filled blisters, ulcerations or warts
- Unusual discharge from your penis or vagina
- Abdominal pain or fever along with unusual vaginal discharge in women, which may indicate pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
FAQ’s About Chlamydia
Chlamydia is caused by bacteria, chlamydia trachomatis, that can be passed from person to person during unprotected vaginal, anal, and oral sex.
Chlamydia is curable with antibiotics. If left untreated, Chlamydia infections can cause serious reproductive and other health problems with both short-term and long-term consequences. This includes infertility and blindness. Chlamydia also increases the risk of getting other sexually transmitted diseases, like HIV.
FAQ’s About HIV
The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) weakens the immune system, making it harder to fight off infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are more than 56,000 new HIV infections in the United States every year, and about 1.1 million people are infected and living with the virus.
HIV is transmitted through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex when the blood, semen or vaginal secretions of an infected partner enter your body. Although rare, you can also get HIV from blood transfusions, or by sharing needles or syringes contaminated with infected blood.
There is no known cure for HIV yet and prevention remains the most effective method of protecting you and your loved ones from getting infected. We recommend regular STD testing to catch early syptoms of sexually-transmitted diseases that may put you at risk of acquiring HIV.
FAQ’s About Gonorrhea
Gonorrhea is caused by a bacteria, neisseria gonorrhoeae, that can be passed from person to person during unprotected vaginal, anal and oral sex. The bacteria attacks the mucous membranes it comes in contact with, including inside the penis, vagina, anus and throat.
Fortunately, gonorrhea is curable with antibiotics. If left untreated, it can lead to serious health complications. Doctors Express Phoenix provides STD testing and discreet treatment if you test positive.
Most sexually transmitted disease can lead to further and even fatal complications. Let our expert team take care of you. There is no need to be ashamed. Most sexually transmitted diseases, except HIV, can be treated and cured. Do yourself and your loved ones a favor and get tested for STD today.
STD testing in Tempe is also available. For those near the area, we also offer STD testing in Scottsdale.