Some people with STDs are asymptomatic, so they don’t even know they’re infected until they get tested. Most STDs are detectable through a simple blood test or urinalysis and are easily treatable.
Without treatment, STDs can pass to other sexual partners and cause irreversible damage to their bodies.
Behavioral factors that put you at risk for contracting STDs include:
Sexual contact with an infected person puts you at risk for most STDs because you could come into contact with blood, semen, fecal matter, and other bodily fluids that transmit disease. The following STDs are commonly spread through unprotected anal or vaginal sex:
Injectible drug use is another risk factor for STDs. Sharing needles with an infected person puts you at risk for developing HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.
Food or drink with traces of fecal matter put you at risk for developing hepatitis A. Contaminated food and water as well as poor sanitation and hygiene increase your chances of contracting the disease.
Not Being Vaccinated
Effective vaccines are available for hepatitis A and HPV. Getting vaccinated decreases your chances of contracting these two STDs significantly.
Sexual activity with a monogamous, uninfected partner and correct condom significantly reduce your risk of contracting an STD.
Preventive vaccinations for HPV, hepatitis A, and hepatitis B provide significant protection against those particular STDs. It’s important to get those vaccinations before you become sexually active.
Although it’s a sensitive subject, you have to discuss openly with Dr. Feliz-Cruz so she can provide appropriate STD testing and preventive direction.
Dr. Feliz-Cruz tests for STDs with routine labs based on your sexual activity. The following labs detect the most common STDs:
If you would like to schedule confidential STD testing, make an appointment with Dr. Feliz-Cruz by phone or online.