Sexually transmitted diseases are common among individuals who have multiple sex partners, participate in unprotected sex, or live a lifestyle that encourages promiscuity and sexual experimentation. A few of the most common STD's include Herpes, the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Trichomoniasis, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, HIV/AIDS, and Chlamydia. While many of these are easily treated, some may never be cured. Diseases like the Herpes virus and HIV/AIDS cannot be cured, but their symptoms can be controlled. Most sexually transmitted diseases can easily be spread to partners by individuals who refuse to use protection during various types of sexual activity.
Both Gonorrhea and Chlamydia can be diagnosed by swabbing the genitals or urine tests. Swabbing open lesions, the inside of the mouth, and the genitals are just one way. Urine and blood screenings are also quite accurate, especially when a patient is being tested for HPV, HIV/AIDS, or Trichomoniasis. In most cases, the tests can be taken and read in the doctor's office without the need to send them to an outside laboratory to obtain results. STD's that offer visible signs such as blisters, warts, or open lesions are the easiest to test for. HIV/AIDS, gonorrhea, and syphilis tests are commonly sent away to an outside laboratory to ensure accuracy. All positive HIV/AIDS tests must be reported to the CDC or other local health organizations.
Most doctors recommend their sexually active patients be tested at least once every six months unless they are in a committed relationship and are exclusive to one partner. Individuals who share needles during drug use have unprotected sex with strangers, or who have multiple sex partners on a regular basis are encouraged to get tested regularly. Individuals who have tested positive for an STD in the past should be tested at least twice a year. Doctors also encourage the regular use of condoms and abstinence if condoms are not available.
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