Sexually Transmitted Disease Screening – Recommendations and What to expect
STD screening is an important factor in overall health and wellness, both as a preventative measure and for treatment purposes. STD symptoms may manifest in a number of different ways and are often mild enough to pose only a minor inconvenience, but that does not mean that treatment isn’t necessary. A few common symptoms include:
- Genital sores or bumps which may also show up on the thighs or butt cheeks
- Abnormal discharge from the vagina
- A burning sensation during urination or frequent urination
- Feelings of itching, irritation, burning, or swelling in the vagina, vulva, or anus
- Fever, muscle aches, swollen glands, lethargy, or other flu-like symptoms
It is often difficult to distinguish these symptoms from other common sources like yeast infections or UTIs, which is why getting tested is so important.
Treatment for STDs is often relatively simple and painless, there are medicinal cures in most cases and treatment may eliminate the risk of passing STDs to other people.
Sexually Transmitted Disease Screening – What to Expect
STD screening, when appropriate, is a normal part of a comprehensive Well Woman visit, and it is important to establishing an overall portrait of general health and well-being. Don’t be afraid to mention STD testing to your doctor. Although often stigmatized, sexual health is a normal and natural aspect of human health and potentially dangerous to ignore.
Your doctor can help you figure out the best available testing procedures suited to any symptoms you may be having or as an overall health measure. In other words, you don’t have to be manifesting STD symptoms to get tested.
STD testing is generally routine, fast and painless. A few examples of common STD tests include:
- Urine test
- Blood test
- Physical exam
- Taking samples from sores or other anomalies
- Taking cell samples from the vagina, cervix, or anus