September is Sexual Health Awareness Month
September is Sexual Health Awareness month, and if you are sexually active, then this is the perfect time to have annual STD testing performed so that you keep up with the current status of your sexual health. Especially if you consider the following statistics:
- 50% of sexually active people will contract an STD in their lifetime.
- There are 20 million new cases of STD infections each year in the U.S., but only half of that number are aware of it.
- Over one million people are infected with an STD every day.
- 110 million men and women are infected with an STD.
STDs are common, but people may not know they have an STD because many don’t have symptoms. However, left undetected and untreated, STDs can cause serious health consequences, including infertility. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that all people between the ages of 13 and 64 should be tested at least once for HIV.
Anyone who is sexually active should consider testing for all STDs including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, herpes 1 and 2, trichomoniasis and HIV.
At CareWell, STD testing is confidential and can be free or low-cost depending on your financial situation. Common STDs, such as chlamydia or gonorrhea, are usually easily treated with antibiotics.
If you have the ability to go early in the morning, I think that’s the only way you’ll avoid a multi-hour wait. Arrived at 6:50AM (doors open at 8AM, by that time there were 60+ people in line) and I was the ~20th person camping out in line. Got in the door at 8:40AM. Waited for a few minutes in the waiting room while they took my information. Test itself was quick (
Courteous. Efficient. Competent.
I came in for a cut and they took care of me quickly. Place was very clean, too.
The last thing I wanted to do was go into a medical facility right now. I very much appreciated how professional yet human they were. Thanks to Tara and the whole team there. Doing a great job.