Screening for sexually transmitted disease (STD) is a part of routine preventive health and a need that no one should overlook. For residents of Houston, Texas, and the surrounding region, STD testing services are available from Tomas Rios, MD,Nicolin Neal, MD, and the team of Rios Healthcare Associates. Booking a visit takes just moments whether you choose to connect online or by phone.
Sexually transmitted diseases continue to be a serious health issue, affecting people in America and around the world. While certain diseases receive widespread public awareness efforts, others get relatively no serious consideration, leaving people at risk for a wide range of health problems.
Some examples of STDs that everyone should be aware of include:
There are dozens of different STDs. Any disease that can be spread through sexual activity, including intimate touching, falls under this category.
The only way to know your disease status is through STD testing. If you’re sexually active, STD testing should be part of your ongoing preventive health routine.
The only way to fully prevent contracting a sexually transmitted disease is by abstaining from any form of sexual activity. The next best thing is to remain in a mutually monogamous relationship in which both partners have been tested for STDs.
Additional preventive measures include limiting the number of sexual partners, insisting that new sexual partners get tested, and using internal or external condoms during each sexual encounter.
Of course, if you experience any symptoms of STDs, you should always schedule a visit for testing. But it’s important to note that not all STDs create clear symptoms, which is why it’s important to get tested before beginning a sexual relationship with a new partner.
If your testing reveals an infection, your practitioner will explain the next steps. Many infections can be eliminated through a course of antibiotics. Others can be treated with drug therapy.
Allowing a sexually transmitted infection to go untreated can cause serious problems with overall health. Your fertility can also be negatively affected. HPV is also the leading cause of cervical cancer, so understanding your status is an essential part of women’s health.
If you need STD testing services, booking a confidential visit is fast and easy, whether you choose to connect with the practice online or over the phone.