What should you know about your Sexual Health?
If you're having sex, you're at risk for STDs.
1 in 5 Sexually Active People has an STD.
If you're a woman, your chances are 1 in 4.
These aren't great odds. But the fact is that most sexually transmitted diseases and infections today are completely curable, and all are treatable.
As long as they're detected early.
Here's another fact: the majority of these infections don't have any visible symptoms. So if you have any doubts about whether you may have been exposed, it just doesn't make sense not to find out.
Testing for STDs can be a simple, affordable and discreet process.
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Things to Know About STDs
- HIV/AIDS- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is not technically an STD, but it is the virus that causes AIDS. Every year approximately 50,000 people in the U.S. are newly infected - the majority of them African American. When HIV is detected early, it can be managed and monitored and doesn't always lead to AIDS.
The U.S. CDC recommends that everyone age 13 and older should be tested for HIV.
- Genital Herpes - Nearly 50 million people in the U.S. today have genital herpes, usually caused by the herpes type 2 virus. Up to 90% of those who are infected with HSV don't know it and can pass the virus to others, even with no symptoms. The risk of contracting or transmitting other STDs, including HIV, increases with the presence of genital herpes.
- Hepatitis - Commonly sexually transmitted, hepatitis B is 50 to 100 times more infectious than HIV. More than 350 million people around the world are carriers of hepatitis B, most of them symptom-free. If undetected, it can cause severe liver damage including cirrhosis and cancer.
- Chlamydia & Gonorrhea - Over a billion cases of these infections occur worldwide each year. Today, more women are infected with gonorrhea than men, and increasing numbers of chlamydia infections have made it the most widespread STD in the U.S. Early detection can lead to a cure for both.
- Syphilis - Cases of syphilis in the U.S. are now rising, particularly among men who have sex with men. And genital sores caused by syphilis make it easier to transmit HIV. Treatment of syphilis is usually simple and leads to a complete recovery... if it's caught early.
I feel fine. Do I really need to get tested?
If you're asking the question, the answer is yes. There are more than 25 known STDs, and many of them are "silent," with no symptoms. Getting tested is the only way to find out whether you - and your partner - are really "fine."
Even if you’ve been in a monogamous long-term relationship, if your partner has had more than one partner, you may be at risk.
How will I know which test to take?
When STDs have symptoms, they can often seem like the flu or a minor "bug." Other symptoms such as genital sores or itching are common to multiple STDs. Also, you can easily get more than one sexually transmitted infection at the same time.
If you're at risk, consider testing for multiple STDs through our Comprehensive STD Profile.
What if I have other concerns not related to STDs?
Sexually active adults are smart to consider their overall sexual health, which means looking at hormone levels and in many cases fertility. With different considerations for men and women, a simple blood test can provide important answers which affect all areas of your life.
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What About Hepatitis?
Hepatitis is now reaching epidemic proportions around the globe.
Symptoms are usually mild and flu-like, yet chronic hepatitis B (HBV) or hepatitis C (HBV) infections can cause liver failure. HBV is commonly transmitted through sexual activity, and HCV through infected blood.
Because of the dramatic increase in HCV among baby boomers, if you were born between 1945 and 1965, the CDC recommends testing for HCV at least once.
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