STD Testing – The Importance of Being Checked
About 20 different infections are known to be transmitted through sexual contact. STD-related stigma may be an important barrier to prevention and care. Furthermore, there remains a great deal of misunderstanding about transmission and even what constitutes an STD. The infographic from PhysicianOne Urgent Care covers the most common STDs with the latest statistics, myths, and facts that stress the importance of getting tested.
According to a November 2015 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the incidence of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis increased in the U.S. for the first time since 2006. Left untreated, STDs can lead to serious health issues including infertility, cervical and other genital cancers, paralysis, liver failure, and death. Bacterial STDs are curable while viral STDS are not; however, the majority of STDs are highly manageable with early detection and treatment.