Every year in the United States, there are 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), half of which are among 15-24-year-olds. STD testing can go a long way toward helping you avoid becoming one of these statistics. At Coral Springs OBGYN, LLC, Dr. Carlos Barrionuevo offers STD screening to patients living in and around Coral Springs, Florida, allowing them to be proactive when it comes to their sexual health. To find out about STD testing, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.
In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control released a report outlining some statistics on the most common STDs in the United States and here’s how the numbers broke out:
This quick snapshot gives you an idea of the prevalence of STDs in the US, but even these numbers are only estimates, as many people with STDs go undiagnosed.
There are several reasons why you should receive STD testing, including:
By undergoing regular screening, Dr. Barrionuevo treats the disease before it becomes a more significant problem. Some STDs can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease or fertility problems if left unchecked. In extreme cases, such as with HPV, untreated infections can turn cancerous.
Whether or not you display any symptoms, you can still pass the infection on to others.
The following testing schedule is one the CDC recommends for women:
During your routine visits with Dr. Barrionuevo, he conducts a Pap test, which tests for precancerous cells on your cervix caused by HPV.
The bottom line is that everyone is different and you should discuss your lifestyle with Dr. Barrionuevo so he can come up with an appropriate screening schedule.
To learn more about which STD testing is right for you, call Coral Springs OBGYN or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.