Technically, yes, some STDs, such as HPV, can go away on their own. However, the majority of STDs are not spontaneously resolved and can have serious health implications if they are left untreated.
How Do I Know What Types to Get Tested For?
If you’re a sexually active woman, the CDC recommends that you get tested annually for chlamydia or gonorrhea.
Up to 20% of the American population has an STD, so it’s important to protect yourself (and your partner) by getting tested and, if applicable, seeking treatment.
If you just try a quick search, the amount of STDs you’ll find can be overwhelming. However, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has specific recommendations for people in different recommendations:
- Anyone between the ages of 13-64 should get tested for HIV at least once in their lifetime.
- All sexually active women should be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea each year.
- Everyone who is pregnant should be tested for syphilis, HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. If you think you’re pregnant, it’s especially important to get tested because having an STD while pregnant can pose additional risks to yourself and to the fetus.
What Are Common STD Symptoms?
While it never hurts to get tested, it’s also important to familiarize yourself with common STD symptoms (although many STD carriers are asymptomatic).
STD symptoms can include:
- Abdominal pain
- Unusual discharge from the vagina
- Sores or warts on the genital area
- Painful or frequent urination
- Itching and redness in the genital area
- Blisters or sores in or around the mouth
- Abnormal vaginal odor
- Anal itching, soreness, or bleeding
Free STD Screening
At Crisis Pregnancy Center, we exist to serve women and advocate for their health and well-being. We offer free and low-cost STD screening services and free pregnancy testing (if applicable). Being proactive about your sexual health by taking an STD test is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your partner.
If you believe you may have an STD, please contact us today to schedule a confidential screening.