STD DISCUSSION, LETS TALK GIRLS

When a woman becomes sexually active, a new responsibility is taken on.  Unfortunately there is some inaccurate misinformation surrounding sexually transmitted diseases as well as sexually transmitted infections. Whether its word of mouth through a friend or family member or perhaps something you just may have happened to read on the internet one night, either way one can be left feeling quite anxious or concerned with such unsettling feelings.  Here at our office we make it priority to provide patients with the information and insight they need to breathe easy. Not only can you read our monthly posted blog, you can also visit our website or find us on Facebook, where we frequently post and discuss a variety of concerns many females may have.

So let’s gets started!! 

What is the cause of STD’S?

STDs are oftener caused by a variety of organisms including bacteria, protozoa’s, viruses, and parasites. These organisms can enter the body during sexual interactions with an infected partner.

Who is at risk for STD’s?

Any individual who is sexually active is at risk for STD’s. Whether sex is vaginal, anal, or oral contact with someone who is infected, could be passed to another regardless to a person’s gender, age, race, or sexual orientation.

How often should I get tested for STD’s?

It is recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to have annual STD testing for anyone, targeting the sexually active under age 25.  The purpose of targeting this group specifically is because often in this stage of life it is more common for some to have a variety of partners while learning to define themselves sexually.

Annual Testing is also highly recommended for those over 25. At this age in life, one is still at risk of infection if they are having unprotected sex or sex with partners who’s STD’s status is unknown.

Whether you are sexually active or not, HIV testing should be done at least one time in a person’s life. Annual testing is recommended for those who remain sexually active, primarily those in high-risk groups.

Can you get an STD without having sex?

Yes. Some STD’s can be transmitted without intercourse. For example, some parasites such as crabs and scabies can be passed by not only direct contact with an infected person but also with contact with infested sheets, clothing or towels.

How will I know if I have an STD?

Although Infected, Many can appear healthy without symptoms. If you are uncertain about your sexual health or suspect you may have been exposed to an STD, avoid intercourse until seeing your physician. With your doctor, you will be examined, tested or receive treatment if necessary.

Most importantly, there are ways STD’s can be avoided.

One can simply refrain from intercourse, or choose to have intercourse with one mutually faithful uninfected partner. There is no risk for transmission when both partners are uninfected and having relations only with each other.  However, if you do have more than one partner, or suspect your partner may be infected, use a latex condom every time you have intercourse to reduce the risk of infection. When speaking with all of our young active patients we make it our priority to be sure patients are aware that in no way does a birth control pill or other contraception method provide any protection against STD’s.

There are many questions like those above, yet so many young women often feel ashamed or embarrassed to address them. At the office of Dr.Julia Raber, you don’t have to be.  We are here for you! Our team is trained and educated in addressing such topics. We strive to provide a comfortable environment, free of judgment with compassion and understanding, so every patient can have the ability to speak freely without feeling uncomfortable.  We pride ourselves in knowing that when our patients leave our office that all of their concerns have been addressed and answered.

Dr. Raber is a truly caring and dedicated physician who makes sure to give her patients the knowledge and counseling needed to put their minds at ease.

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Understanding HPV...Coming soon

 

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