Sexual health and wellness is often a subject that many people are hesitant to discuss with their healthcare provider. While commercialization of sexual performance enhancing medications has made it easier to bring up the subject, many think sexual health is limited to erectile dysfunction, low testosterone or STDs. While these aspects are often spotlighted, other issues surrounding hormonal imbalances in both males and females, pregnancy and fertility issues and cancer risks are equally important. Learn about your overall sexual health and wellness through these simple blood tests.
Gonorrhea (the second most diagnosed STD) and Chlamydia can be accompanied by other STDs/STIs such as HIV. These infections can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) which often leads to permanent sterility.
Genital Herpes - aren't sexy. This infection affects more than 45 million people over the age of 12 in the U.S. and can be spread even if you are not having an outbreak.
Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are sexually transmitted diseases that look kind of like twins. They have similar symptoms including a short, mild, flu-like illness, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, jaundice (yellowing of skin and whites of eyes, darker yellow urine and pale feces), itchy skin, and abdominalpain. Hepatitis B and C affect the liver and can severely damage it.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) – the virus that causes AIDS has become one of the most feared sexually transmitted diseases in the world. It’s true that there is no cure, but careful monitoring and appropriate medical interventions have made living with HIV a fact of life instead of a sentence to death. Early testing and diagnosis are key in getting the best medical care available, stop the spread of the disease and help those with HIV lead a normal and fulfilling life.
If you’ve been exposed to HIV or think you’ve been exposed to HIV, there are two blood tests you could consider – HIV by PCR and HIV antibody. HIV by PCR is typically used to detect HIV after a recent exposure. It has been found to be 99.9% accurate in detecting the presence of HIV at 28 or more days after infection. It can be used earlier to detect HIV but the accuracy before 28 days is not known. HIV infects certain white blood cells called CD4+ cells, which are part of the body's immune system. HIV antibody tests for the presence of antibodies released by the body after a longer exposure to HIV. Additional testing may be required to confirm the presence of HIV.
Syphilis is a bacterial infection caused by treponema pallidum. It can be transmitted through sexual contact. It is transmitted through oral, vaginal, or anal sex and can be passed to a newborn baby through an infected mother during vaginal childbirth. Unlike many STDs and STIs, syphilis does have signs and symptoms. The problem is that the signs and symptoms of syphilis mimic many other ailments and is often overlooked and undiagnosed. Treatment is easy and usually leads to a complete recovery especially in the early stages. Early detection is best.
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Just Get Tested's medical director, Dr Edward Salko had his letter featured in Dear Abby. The subject was Seniors and STDs - Read The article