Each year in the United States, there are about 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), with 15- 24-year-olds accounting for half that number. Yet, alarmingly, only about 12% of these young men and women underwent testing. Judith Gurdian, MD, Michelle Spector, MD, Tanya Ghatan, MD, and the rest of the team at Capital Women’s Care, offer STD testing and treatment to women of all ages in Rockville, Maryland. When it comes to STDs, knowledge is key. To learn more about STD testing, call the office or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that almost 80% of the American population is infected with the most common STD at some point in their lives: the human papillomavirus (HPV). The human body usually fights off HPV on its own, but it can lead to genital warts and cervix cancer.
The other common STDs include:
Some STDs are more serious than others, but what can be said about most of them is that, left untreated, they can present health issues down the road, such as infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease, and even cancer.
Often, STDs don’t present any outward symptoms, and the only way to know whether you’re infected is through regular testing and screening.
If you undergo the testing recommended by your provider at Capital Women’s Care, you have the valuable opportunity to address and treat the disease in its early stages.
Another important reason to get tested is so that you’re not responsible for spreading your STD to others.
The CDC recommends the following STD screening schedule for women:
Bear in mind that these are just guidelines. After an honest and open conversation with your provider, you can work together toward a screening schedule that addresses your particular lifestyle.
Genital herpes affects one in six people in the United States between the ages of 14 and 49, making it a very common STD. Unfortunately, there’s no screening for this virus, and the disease is only evident during an outbreak, which is characterized by a herpes sore in your genital area.
If you notice a sore, it’s important to have your provider at Capital Women’s Care check it out and test for the presence of the virus. If the test comes back positive, your provider can put you on anti-herpes medication and monitor any further developments. This is especially important if you’re pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, as you can pass the virus on to your child during delivery.
To learn more about which STD testing is right for you, call Capital Women’s Care, or request an appointment using the online booking tool.