How to Reduce STD Transmission
An STD is a sexually transmitted disease, also called a sexually transmitted infection (STI). STDs are a type of infection that is spread through sexual contact, including vaginal, anal, and oral sex. Some STDs can also be spread through skin-to-skin contact.
There are many different types of STDs, and some are more common than others. The most common STD is chlamydia. Chlamydia is a bacterial STD that can cause serious health problems if it is not treated. Other common STDs include gonorrhea, HPV, and syphilis.
STDs in the US
STDs are a major public health problem in the United States. Every year, there are about 20 million new STD infections. That means that about one in four sexually active people in the US will get an STD at some point in their lives.
STDs are a serious health concern because they can cause long-term health problems, including infertility and even death. STDs are also a major financial burden on the US healthcare system. In 2010, estimates showed the cost of STD prevention, testing, and treatment in the US was approximately $16.6 billion, and that number has only grown.
The best way to prevent STDs is to abstain from sexual contact or to have sex only with a partner who has been tested and is STD-free. If you are sexually active, you should get tested regularly for STDs and use condoms to reduce your risk of infection.
One of the most important ways to reduce STD transmission is to educate people about how to protect themselves. There are a few key ways to prevent STD transmission:
- Use condoms consistently and correctly. This is one of the most effective ways to reduce your risk of STD transmission.
- Avoid sharing needles or other sharp instruments. If you must share needles, be sure to clean them with bleach before using them.
- Limit your number of sexual partners. The more partners you have, the greater your risk of STD transmission.
- Get tested regularly. STD testing can help you detect STDs early so you can get treatment before they cause serious health problems.
STD Testing Options
If you think you may have an STD, it’s important to get tested as soon as possible. There are many different types of STD tests available, and the type of test you need will depend on which STD you suspect you have.
For those seeking a comprehensive STD test, Haled offers both 3-Panel and 10-Panel At-Home STD Tests. The Haled 3-Panel STD Test includes chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis – three of the most common STD infections. In addition to the three most common STDs, the Haled 10-Panel STD Test includes hepatitis B and C antibodies, herpes 1 and 2 antibodies, HIV, and syphilis for the most comprehensive at-home results possible.
Taking an STD test from the comfort of your home can be extremely helpful for anyone nervous or embarrassed to get tested. That’s why Haled’s health testing system always utilizes friendly, certified health professionals and only delivers results to your private digital portal – granting you peace of mind.
Remember: Just like you would for any illness, getting tested for STDs is the only way to keep your body healthy and functioning at full capacity!