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Efficiency of STD Testing

STDs Gilbert, commonly known as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) Gilbert, are extremely common. Every year, millions of new infections occur in the United States. STDs Gilbert are transmitted from one person to another by vaginal, oral, and anal intercourse. They can also be dispersed by close physical contact, such as heavy petting, though this is uncommon. STD Gilbert does not always cause symptoms or may only cause mild symptoms. Therefore, it is possible to have an infection and not know it. That is why getting an STD Gilbert test is important if you are having sex. If you receive a positive STD diagnosis, know that all are treatable with medicine and some are curable entirely. There are dozens of STD Gilbert. Some STDs, such as syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, are spread mainly by sexual contact. Other diseases, including Zika and Ebola, can be spread sexually but are more often spread through ways other than sex.

Most STDs Gilbert affect both men and women, but in many cases the health problems they cause can be more severe for women. If you are sexually active, you should talk to your health care provider about your risk for STDs and whether you need to be tested. This is especially important since many STDs do not usually cause symptoms. Some STDs Gilbert may be diagnosed during a physical exam or through microscopic examination of a sore or fluid swabbed from the vagina, penis, or anus. Blood tests can diagnose other types of STDs. 

Can sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) be prevented?

  • Contraception

Correct usage of condoms greatly reduces, but does not completely eliminate, the risk of catching or spreading STDs. If you or your partner is allergic to latex, you can use polyurethane condoms. The most reliable way to avoid infection is to not have anal, vaginal, or oral sex. However, if you do have intercourse, use a condom every time

  • Abstinence

The most reliable way to avoid infection is to not have sex (i.e., anal, vaginal or oral).

  • Vaccination

Vaccines are safe, effective, and recommended ways to prevent these viruses. HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccination is recommended for preteens ages 11 or 12 (or can start at age 9) and everyone through age 26, if not vaccinated already. Vaccination is not recommended for anyone older than 26 years. However, some adults ages 27 through 45 years who are not already vaccinated may decide to get the HPV vaccine after speaking with their doctor about their risk for new HPV infections and the possible benefits of vaccination. HPV vaccination in this age range provides less benefit as more people have already been exposed to HPV. You should also get vaccinated for hepatitis B if you were not vaccinated when you were younger. 

  • Reduce Number of Sex Partners

Reducing your number of sex partners can decrease your risk for STDs. It is still important that you and your partner get tested, and that you share your test results with one another.

  • Mutual Monogamy

Mutual monogamy means that you agree to be sexually active with only one person, who has agreed to be sexually active only with you. Being in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner is one of the most reliable ways to avoid STDs. But you must both be certain you are not infected with STDs. It is important to have an open and honest conversation with your partner.

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