If you are sexually active woman, you should be screened regularly for sexually transmitted infections. In the Sutter Health network, caring and compassionate doctors provide screening and treatment for STDs. To find out which tests are right for you, talk to your doctor.
A sexually transmitted disease (STD) is an infection that is spread through sexual contact. There are many types of STDs. Some don’t cause symptoms, so you may not know you have it. But STDs are widespread, and almost half of these infections occur in people younger than 25.
Using condoms can protect you from most STDs. Still, screening is important to help stop the spread of STDs. If you are pregnant, you should be screened for certain STDs, in particular chlamydia and syphilis, because of the risk of complications and the possibility of transmitting the disease to your child during birth.
Some of the most common sexually transmitted infections include:
- Genital herpes
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) – certain types of HPV can cause cervical cancer in women
- Hepatitis B
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)