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Getting tested for STDs takes initiative


Individuals who are sexually active are often urged to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases, so much so that the advice may fall on deaf ears after a while. Moreover, men and women who get their regular checkups at the doctor may assume that they have a clean bill of sexual health after an exam.

However, some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are asymptomatic, and a primary care provider is not likely to recommend an STD test unless a patient complains of symptoms.

This is even true at the gynecologist's office, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The medical resource recommends annual screening for chlamydia and gonorrhea for sexually active women younger than 25 and those who have sex with multiple partners, as well as men who have sex with men.

Regular testing for HIV, syphilis and hepatitis are recommended for individuals who test positive for gonorrhea or chlamydia, people with new partners, individuals who use intravenous drugs and men who have sex with men.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 19 million individuals become infected with an STD each year, costing about $17 billion annually in healthcare costs.