According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 20 million cases of sexually transmitted disease will be diagnosed in America this year. Screening and treatment for these infections are critical to preserving optimal health, which is why Evelyn Omoregbee, CRNP, FNP-BC, APRN, of Healing Vessel Medical Associates LLC in Bowie, Maryland, offers these services as part of her comprehensive care. To learn more about the available screening and treatment options, book your visit today, either online or by phone.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are also called sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and remain a serious personal and public health issue. There are more than 25 known STIs. Some of the more common include:
Many of these infections are asymptomatic, meaning they won’t show obvious signs or symptoms. That’s why screening is such a critical part of your overall health care.
The short answer is yes unless you abstain from any type of sexual contact. Otherwise, your risk level depends on your lifestyle and personal choices.
If you’re in a mutually monogamous relationship where both you and your partner have been tested for STIs, your risk is very low. You may only need screening if you experience symptoms or suspect that there has been sexual activity outside the relationship.
If you have multiple sexual partners and don’t use protection during all encounters, your risk level is high. Screening should be a priority, and you should take steps to lower your risk level. The CDC estimates that half of newly contracted STIs occur in young people between the ages of 15-24. That said, you can contract an STI at any age.
Limiting the number of sexual partners and remaining in a healthy, mutually monogamous relationship is a great way to protect against sexually transmitted infection. You can also reduce your risk by using barrier protection during all sexual activity.
Condoms, both male and female, protect against many types of STI. They aren’t foolproof, but they are the best way to protect yourself and your partner. Dental dams can reduce your risk of STI during oral sex.
Having routine screening for STIs is also important. Many infections can be treated and even cured with a simple course of antibiotics. Left untreated, however, many infections can cause lasting damage, including fertility issues. Some STIs, like genital herpes, HPV, and HIV can be treated, but not cured. Regardless of the results of your screening, Ms. Omoregbee offers compassionate care with a focus on preserving your long-term health and wellness.
If you have questions or concerns about screening or treatment for sexually transmitted infections, schedule an appointment at Healing Vessel Medical Associates LLC today. You can book your visit online or by phone.