If you’re sexually active, it’s critical you get screened for sexually transmitted diseases. As many as 1 in 2 sexually active people will contract an STD by age 25. The primary care providers at Princeton Sports and Family Medicine, P.C. provide STD testing to people in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. When an STD is caught early, you prevent spreading disease and avoid complications. Call the office for your STD screening or book an appointment online.
STDs don’t always cause symptoms, which means you could unknowingly be spreading them to your partner.
Get tested right away, though, if you have any of the following:
STDs cause uncomfortable symptoms, but they can lead to serious complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility.
Because STDs don’t always cause symptoms, testing is still important if you’re sexually active. Any type of sexual activity can spread sexually transmitted disease. This includes vaginal, oral, and anal sex.
It’s especially important to be screened if you have multiple partners or have a partner who has multiple partners. Annual STD screenings are a good idea, but if you’re a sexually active gay or bisexual man or have multiple partners, you may need more frequent tests.
There are many types of sexually transmitted disease. The types common in the United States that are screened for include:
An STD test may involve taking a sample of cells from your genitals or a blood test. The doctors may also ask for a saliva test. These samples are sent to a lab for analysis. You’re alerted as to your results as soon as they’re available.
STD treatment depends on your diagnosis. Antibiotics or antiviral drugs clear up many infections. These drugs may be administered orally or with special creams. You should abstain from sexual activity until your infection clears up to avoid spread.
Some STDs can’t be cured, but prescription medications and careful sexual habits can manage the symptoms. The team at Princeton Sports and Family Medicine, P.C. can help you learn how to keep your infection at bay and live as normal of a life as possible.
Receive comprehensive STD testing at Princeton Sports and Family Medicine, P.C. Book your appointment online or call the office.