Is HIV still a serious health risk ?
Statistics suggest that the rate of HIV transmission is down and fewer people are contracting the disease. That decline is attributed to improvements in drug therapies that suppress the virus in affected people who are receiving treatment and new prevention methods.
That said, HIV remains a serious health risk and affects men, women, and adolescents of all races and sexual orientations. It is vitally important to get regular screenings if you are sexually active.
What other common STDs pose a risk ?
Anyone who is sexually active and not using protection is at risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease. Even if you are in a relationship, there is a chance an unfaithful partner could expose you to an STD.
Screening is an important part of your overall health care, and you should get one on a regular basis. Common infections include:
Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection that can occur in your genital tract, anus, mouth, throat, or eyes.
Syphilis is a bacterial infection that initially impacts your genitals, mucous membranes, and skin. It can also spread to your organs and lead to blindness, dementia, paralysis, or even death.
Chlamydia is a bacterial infection affecting your genital tract that can be difficult to detect in the early stages.
It is important to note not all STDs present obvious symptoms, which is why it is important to take preventive measures and come in for regular screenings to protect your sexual health and wellness.
What is HPV ?
Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is among the most common STDs, and it is estimated that as many as 80% of people contract HPV at some point in their lives.
HPV is known to cause virtually all cases of cervical and anal cancer, as well as other cancers in the genital region.
There is an HPV vaccine available to both men and women, and researchers believe this vaccine is responsible for a marked decline in HPV in young women. During your next appointment with Dr. Lalezary, be sure to ask if you are a good candidate for the vaccine.
Testing is fast and easy and provides you with the information you need to support your health. If you would like to learn more, or are ready to schedule a screening, call or go online to set an appointment at Gardens Medical Center.