If you have an active sex life, then even if you’re careful and take precautions, you could still pick up a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Peter L. Stevenson, MD, of Dearborn Obstetrics & Gynecology PC, is an experienced and highly qualified OB/GYN who provides comprehensive STD testing and treatment for patients in the Dearborn area of Michigan. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Stevenson, call Dearborn Obstetrics & Gynecology PC today, or book an appointment online.
An STD is a sexually transmitted disease, and if you’re sexually active, it’s a good idea to undergo regular testing for STDs. You can catch an STD from anyone with whom you have intimate contact, and you may be unaware that they have an infection because some STDs don’t cause any obvious symptoms.
The most common types of STD include:
Some STDs are more of a nuisance than a serious health problem, but others can have a significant impact on your long-term health and fertility. Several STDs are potentially life-threatening, so testing is essential to make sure you receive treatment should you have an infection.
Just as you can become pregnant without having penetrative sex, you can catch an STD without having intercourse. The bacteria and viruses that cause STDs are often able to survive on the skin as well as thriving in bodily fluids, so you may develop an infection from being in contact with a partner’s genital region if they have an STD.
The most effective way to avoid STDs is to abstain from sex altogether, but as sex is a natural and fulfilling aspect of the human experience, a more practical approach is to take precautions when you have sex.
Reducing your number of partners and avoiding high-risk activities is a smart way to reduce the risk, as is being selective about your choice of partner. If you’re having sex without being in a monogamous relationship, always use condoms, which are the only effective barrier to infection.
Undergoing a regular STD screening check at Dearborn Obstetrics & Gynecology PC is a good way to catch any infections before they get any worse or you spread them to new partners.
You can also visit the clinic if you’re concerned about any symptoms you’re experiencing or believe you may have been exposed to someone with an STD. All patients are treated with the utmost respect and compassion, no matter what their situation, so you can be sure you’ll receive compassionate and discreet treatment at Dearborn Obstetrics & Gynecology PC.
As well as regular screening for STDs, you can discuss immunizations with Dr. Stevenson. Current recommendations include vaccinating against HPV (human papillomavirus), which can cause cervical cancer, and hepatitis B.
To arrange a routine screening for STDs or STD testing, call Dearborn Obstetrics & Gynecology PC today, or book an appointment online.