Pregnancy is not the only thing to be concerned about after having sex. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are common.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the primary cause of cervical cancer. HPV affects 80% of men and women at some point during their life. By the age of 50, four out of five women will have been infected with HPV. Most HPV infections have no signs or symptoms; therefore, most infected people are unaware that they have HPV. Even if HPV has not been diagnosed it can still be transmitted by having sex.
Chlamydia is the most frequently reported bacterial sexually transmitted disease in the United States. Any sexually active person can be infected with Chlamydia. The greater the number of sex partners, the greater the risk of infection. Teenage girls and young women are at higher risk for infection due to the changes that occur in the cervix. Girls ages 15 to 24 are most at risk for Chlamydia due to the cervical changes that occur as a result of hormones.
Women with Gonorrhea often have no symptoms or very mild symptoms. Even with symptoms, Gonorrhea, can easily be mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection. Untreated Gonorrhea can cause serious and permanent health problems including infertility and Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
In the United States there are still over one million people with HIV. One in seven of individuals with HIV are undiagnosed.
Her Health Women’s Center now provides complimentary STD testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, two of the most common STDs. If you think you may have an STD or been exposed to an STD contact us to talk about testing options or to schedule an appointment. Until you have been tested and cleared we advise abstaining from having sex. Our medical staff is always available to talk to you, answer questions, and help setup an appointment for our free STD testing.