Signs You Should Get STD Testing

You started dating someone recently, and he or she told you that the latest STD test gave the all clear, so you slept together. You trusted this person, but now you think you notice signs of a sexually transmitted disease. The problem is some symptoms associated with STDs could also be something totally benign. So how do you know when you should get STD testing? Just watch for these signs.

Painful Urination

Many conditions can make it hurt to pee, including a relatively harmless urinary tract infection. However, STDs such as Chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis can also cause this symptom. If you’re experiencing painful urination, start by talking to your doctor, and pursue STD testing if necessary.

Pain During or Immediately After Sex

The same STDs that make urination painful can also make sex uncomfortable. Human papillomavirus (HPV) can also cause this symptom. Of course, so can non-STD conditions that affect women, such as endometriosis and vulvodynia.

Unusual Vaginal or Penile Discharge

Chlamydia and HPV may cause increased genital discharge, while gonorrhea and trichomoniasis can make the discharge look, feel or smell abnormal. Yellow, grayish-green, frothy, foamy or smelly discharge is definitely a cause for concern, as is bleeding from the vagina other than during a menstrual cycle.

Itchy Genitals

Itchiness or irritation in the genital region is a sign that something’s wrong. There are many possible causes, and sexually transmitted diseases are among them, so if the itching doesn’t subside within a few days, you may want to get STD testing.

Sores, Blisters, Warts or Rashes

Syphilis and herpes cause sores or blisters. HPV causes genital warts. Scabies causes a rash. Some of these abnormalities are painful while others may go unnoticed for some time. Either way, sores, blisters, warts and rashes are signs of STDs that demand your attention.

Aches, Pains, Chills and Fever

These flu-like symptoms could indicate your body is fighting off a new sexually transmitted infection, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis C or pubic lice. If you feel like you’re getting the flu a couple weeks after a sexual encounter, STD testing could be worthwhile.

You and/or Your Partner are Sexually Active

According to the American Sexual Health Association, about half of sexually active people contract an STD by age 25, yet only about 12 percent of people between ages 15 and 25 report being tested each year. One reason is that some people are asymptomatic, meaning they have no symptoms of STDs. Therefore, if you and/or your partner are sexually active, it’s wise to be tested once a year just in case.

STD Testing in Atlanta, GA

If you’re concerned about STDs, visit Perimeter Clinic to set your mind at ease. We offer a wide variety of STD testing options in a clean, confidential setting. We may administer tests individually or within a panel to best meet your specific situation.

To make an appointment and protect your health, please contact Perimeter Clinic in Atlanta, Georgia by calling 678-999-8263 today.

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