Why Do I need to get tested for an STD/STI?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), also known as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), can have serious and long-term consequences if left untreated. Here are some of the potential risks and complications associated with STDs:

  1. Male and Female Sterility: Untreated STDs can lead to infertility in both men and women. Infections can cause damage to the reproductive organs, affecting fertility.
  2. Blindness: Certain STIs, such as untreated gonorrhea or chlamydia, can lead to eye inflammation and, in severe cases, blindness.
  3. Bone Deformities: Some STIs, like syphilis, can cause bone damage and deformities if not treated promptly.
  4. Damage to Major Organs: Untreated STIs can harm vital organs such as the heart, kidneys, and brain. For example, syphilis can affect the cardiovascular system and cause serious complications.
  5. Cervical Cancer: Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common STI that can lead to cervical cancer if left untreated. Regular screenings and vaccination can help prevent this.
  6. Cancer of the Vagina, Penis, Anus, or Throat: Certain STIs, such as HPV and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), are associated with an increased risk of cancer in these areas.

Additionally, STIs can impact sexual and reproductive health through stigmatization, infertility, and pregnancy complications. 

What if I’m not having sexual intercourse?

The CDC states that both gonorrhea and chlamydia can be transmitted by having vaginal, anal or oral sex with someone who has the disease

That’s why it is so important to make sure that you and your partner are tested before any genital contact of any kind. It’s also just as important to get screened for STIs during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Early detection, safe practices, and regular screenings are essential for preventing and managing the risks associated with STDs. If you suspect you have an STI, please contact us today to set up an appointment with our nurse manager.