Taking Care of Your Sexual Health: Why Getting Checked for STDs is Important, Especially for Young Adults
Did you know that more than 80% of chlamydia infections affect people under the age of 29? That’s quite a high number. It’s recommended that if you’re sexually active and under 29, you should get screened for chlamydia. This is because the chances of getting this infection and having problems with it are higher in this age group. What is your STD risk level?
You might be wondering how likely it is to get chlamydia or gonorrhea if you don’t have any symptoms. Well, for young, sexually active folks under 29, the risk is about 5% for chlamydia and 0.5% for gonorrhea. So, it’s important to check, even if you don’t feel sick.
Many young people visit their regular doctor or clinic each year. This is a good opportunity to make sure your sexual health is in good shape. It’s not just about your age; it’s about taking care of your well-being.
For women, if chlamydia isn’t treated, there’s a 2-8% chance it can lead to infertility. That’s why it’s important to also think about getting checked for other infections like gonorrhea, HIV, and syphilis. The risk of these infections depends on your age, your sexual habits, and how common these infections are in your area.
For guys who have relationships with other guys, it’s a good idea to get checked for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and HIV every year. Even if you feel perfectly fine, these infections can hide without any signs.
For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, there’s a higher chance of getting infections, so getting checked for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and HIV is important.
If you have HIV or have ever used injectable drugs, you should also think about getting checked for hepatitis C. These things increase the risk of spreading infections.
If you’re pregnant, you should definitely get checked for hepatitis B, C, HIV, and syphilis. If you’re under 29 and at higher risk, it’s also a good idea to check for chlamydia and gonorrhea.
In simple terms, getting checked for sexually transmitted infections (STDs) is a smart move, especially for young people. It helps find and treat infections early, so you stay healthy. Remember, it’s not just about your age; it’s about staying safe and well.
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