Currently , Centers for Disease Control and Prevention2 It recommends that sexually active women be tested at least once a year for gonorrhea and gonorrhea, while gay and bisexual men are tested for these two in addition to syphilis. The CDC doesn’t make any official recommendations for straight men, which is frankly disappointing.
As it stands, most healthcare professionals believe these recommendations are ineffective. “It should go without saying, but men can get STDs and pass these STDs on to their sexual partners, regardless of their gender,” he says. Phyllis Gersh, MDauthor SOS: The lifeline of a gynecologist to restore your rhythms, hormones, and happiness naturally.
So, what is the best general rule of thumb? Before every new sexual partner, according to Erin Flynn, NP expert and healthcare expert with favor. “Patients should be screened for STDs – Either in the clinic or using a home test— Before having sex with a new partner, they are asked to do the same,” she says.
People should get tested more frequently if they begin to experience unusual symptoms. while the majority (nearly 70%STIs are asymptomatic, and sometimes people have STI symptoms, such as pain during urination, discomfort during sex, itching, lumps and bumps, blisters or sores, and unusual discharge. If you experience any of these symptoms, or any other abnormalities of the genitals, anus, or throat, you should get yourself tested for all STDs.
If left untreated, some STIs can have serious consequences such as neurological conditions, infertility, scarring, and more, says Rimland. And of course, if left untreated, there’s also a risk of passing the infection on to your other sexual partners, she says.