STDs are sexually transmitted diseases, which mean that they are spread through bodily fluids shared during sexual contact. Most STDs are easily treated with antibiotics during their early stages. However, there are some STDs -- like herpes -- that can’t be cured. Most STDs do not present any symptoms until the disease has progressed to a more severe stage, which makes treatment more challenging. Some of the common STDs include:
In most cases, Bronx Urgent Care uses a blood test to screen for STDs. Some diseases require a swab from the penis or cervix. Bronx Urgent Care has an on-site lab, which means that you’ll get quick testing and prompt results.
The human papillomavirus is the most common STD today. HPV is so common that almost everyone will contract it at some point during their lives. Most HPV infections are actually harmless and go away on their own. However, some strains can cause genital warts, and approximately a dozen strains of the virus are linked to cervical cancer.
There is no cure for HPV, but it can be effectively managed. Additionally, there is a vaccine that can help to protect you from most strains of HPV. The vaccine is most effective when it is provided before the age of 26, and in most cases, the earlier the better.
If you are sexually active, you should be tested for STDs. Barrier contraception methods like condoms and dental dams are effective but not foolproof. It is entirely possible for a condom to break or slip off during intercourse. If you have had unprotected sex, especially with a new partner, get tested. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
The only way to completely avoid the risk of contracting an STD is to abstain from sexual activity. If you are sexually active, use a barrier form of birth control like a condom during any sexual activity including oral and anal sex. If you are sexually active, having a regular STD screening can be part of your annual preventive exam. Then you will have the peace of mind of knowing that you do not have an STD.
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