STD & STI Testing in Cedar Rapids, IA
Screening for sexually transmitted diseases (STD) or sexually transmitted infections (STI), is an important step for any sexually active person’s health. In many cases, those infected with a sexually transmitted disease may not even know because they do not have any significant symptoms. If left untreated, STDs and STIs can be spread to others and may even lead to serious complications such as infertility.
When to Get Tested for an STD
Patients should speak with their OB/GYN about their specific risk factors and lifestyle so that they can determine which tests are right for them.
It is recommended that you undergo an STD/STI screening if:
- You have a new sexual partner. Everyone who is sexually active should receive an STD screening, and this is especially true if you are engaged in sexual relations with a new partner.
- You are having unprotected sex. Not wearing condoms during vaginal, oral, and/or anal sex increases your risk.
- You are engaging in high-risk behavior. If you or your partner have multiple partners, are an IV drug user or have had contact with a sex worker, it is strongly advised that you receive more frequent STD screenings.
- You are exhibiting symptoms. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, it is always best to have it examined by your physician to determine the cause.
Symptoms to Watch out For
It is not always obvious when a person has an STD or STI. Symptoms can be minor or even nonexistent in some cases, which is why we urge individuals to visit Cedar Rapids Ob Gyn Specialists if you are experiencing:
- Painful urination
- Frequent urination
- Pain during intercourse
- Blisters or sores on genitals and/or anus
- Itchy or irritated genital area
- Unusual discharge
- Fever or other flu-like symptoms
If you would like to receive testing for a sexually transmitted disease or infection, or would like to learn more about the types of STDs and STIs discussed on this page, please contact our office in Cedar Rapids, Iowa today by calling (319) 363-2682. New and existing patients may also request an appointment online using our secure form.