STD Testing

River Hills Family Medicine

Family Medicine located in Austin, TX

One in two sexually active people in the United States will contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD) by the age of 25. The best way to stay one step ahead of these infections is through STD testing. At River Hills Family Medicine, Lori Naglieri, MD, and her team offer comprehensive STD testing to patients in Austin, Texas. To get your own peace of mind through confidential STD testing, call the practiced or use the online booking tool.

STD Testing Q & A

Why should I be tested for STDs?

Nearly 20 million people in the US are diagnosed with an STD each year, and fully half of this number falls into the younger age bracket of 15-24. STDs range in severity, but many can have an ongoing impact on your health, such as causing infertility, which occurs in 24,000 women each year because of a sexually transmitted infection. And then there are diseases like HIV/AIDS, which can lead to serious problems with your health as your immune system falls prey.

The fact is that the earlier you catch an STD, the better your prognosis, as Dr. Naglieri can typically clear up the infection easily in its early stages. Left unchecked, however, many STDs can lead to long-term and irreversible consequences.

What are the most common STDs?

The most common STDs in the US are:

  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis
  • Hepatitis C
  • Herpes

There are other, more serious diseases, such as HIV, but awareness efforts have greatly reduced these numbers.

Who should be tested for STDs?

There are a few rules of thumb when it comes to STD testing, and it’s important that you’re up front about your sexual behavior so that Dr. Naglieri can design the best program for you. STD testing is especially important for:

  • Sexually active women under the age of 25
  • Sexually active women over the age of 25 who have multiple partners
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Anyone who has already been diagnosed with HIV

Again, Dr. Naglieri can help you decide which STD testing is right for you.

How often should I be tested for STDs?

The CDC has weighed in on the testing schedules and recommends the following (as does Dr. Naglieri):

  • Everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 should be tested once for HIV
  • Sexually active women under the age of 25 should be tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia annually
  • Pregnant women should be tested for syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis B in early pregnancy
  • All sexually active gay and bisexual men should be tested annually for syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea, and should also have frequent HIV testing

The schedule outlined above is a great starting point, but Dr. Naglieri may recommend a schedule that’s better suited to your sexual habits.

For valuable peace of mind when it comes to STDs, call River Hills Family Medicine or use the online scheduling tool to request an appointment.

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