For as far back as records exist, people have contracted sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Even today, despite significant advances in medical technology, we are seeing increasing rates of infection and even the reappearance of certain old enemies such as syphilis. Young people account for more STDs than any other age group, but adults of all ages are vulnerable. To reduce infection rates, early detection and treatment are essential.
Part of the problem is that people don’t always get tested for STDs as often as they should. With widely available and confidential STD testing in Werribee, Hoppers Crossing, and Point Cook, what keeps individuals from taking advantage of this vital health service? For one thing, people – particularly young people – tend to underestimate their chances of contracting an STD. Others may be anxious about the test itself, afraid that it might be uncomfortable or painful. Some people may believe that STDs are not serious, or they may feel embarrassed about broaching the subject with a doctor. Some people may be deterred by the prospect of having a doctor of the opposite sex. Finally, some patients are concerned about the stigma associated with STD testing or fear that the doctor may judge their sexual behaviour and choices.
Not being regularly screened for STDs is a severe problem because left untreated, an infection can lead to severe health problems such as pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility. Waiting until you exhibit symptoms won’t do either because some STIs do not produce any. Nonetheless, early diagnosis and treatment are essential to preserve your health and prevent the spread of the disease to other people.
Educating people about their risk of contracting an STD and the potential severity of infection is one way to encourage more frequent and earlier testing. However, an even more significant challenge may be removing the social stigma. Talking openly about STDs with family members, friends, and partners and emphasising the importance of screening are critical steps we can take toward lowering STD rates and protecting ourselves and our partners from infection.
Women have unique health issues and can benefit from access to a doctor who focuses on women’s health and well-being. At Women’s Health Hub, we put the medical care and welfare of women first with a mostly-female staff, from our GPs to our specialists. We are highly trained in a wide range of women’s health issues and dedicated to accompanying you on your lifelong health journey, from menstruation to pregnancy to menopause and beyond. With advanced medicine and the quality service you deserve, we can help give you the best possible odds of living a healthy, happy life. While we focus on women’s health, we also welcome male patients, so don’t hesitate to contact us today to book an appointment.
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