Should You Be Tested for STDs?

Because you can have a sexually transmitted disease (STD) without experiencing any symptoms and because they can be detrimental to your own health and that of your partner(s), the short answer to whether you should be tested for STDs is yes.

STD defined

STDs are infections that are transmitted through vaginal, oral, or anal intercourse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, STDs are quite common, as there are nearly 20 million new cases each year. Of those, 50% strike older adolescents and young adults ages 15-24.

It can be an uncomfortable topic, but our knowledgeable doctors — Nathalie Bastien-Montpeirous, MD and Sandhya Menon, MD — at RevaMed Primary Care Associates are dedicated to your sexual health. Here, we get candid and answer some common questions about STDs.

Who gets an STD?

Regardless of your age, gender, sexual orientation, or race, if you’re sexually active, you can get an STD. 

What health problems can an STD cause?

Though common, STDs can have serious consequences for your health, such as:

In rare cases, an STD can lead to death.

What STDs should I test for and when?

Regular STD testing helps protect your health by identifying infection so you can get prompt treatment. Some of the STDs we screen for include:

No matter how long you’ve been sexually active, if you’ve never been tested, now is the time. 

Some people are at increased risk and should be tested more often. They include people who:

How can I lower my risk of getting an STD?

The No. 1 way to prevent an STD is to abstain completely from engaging in sexual contact with others. You can lower your risk of infection through:

It’s important to talk to our team about how, when, and with whom you have sex so we can help you stay safe.

Which STD tests should I have?

There is no standard test that applies to everyone. The doctors at RevaMed Primary Care Associates talk to you about your sexual history and sexual behaviors and encourage you to get tested for specific STDs according to your risk profile and lifestyle. 

We welcome you to our state-of-the-art clinics to learn more about STD testing and how to protect your health. Call today to set up an appointment at one of our locations in Boynton Beach and Greenacres, Florida, or book online.

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