Time to Test: Rapid, Reliable Results

Jada Manigault | April 3, 2024

It’s time to have the conversation. As uncomfortable as it may be, it’s important to be aware of what the CDC is reporting as a rising trend of STDs, or sexually transmitted diseases, in the United States, with 2.5 million new reported cases. STDs affect many more millions of people worldwide, and yet, many individuals are unaware of their status. Knowing your status is essential for maintaining your health and preventing the spread of these infections.

Common Symptoms

In some cases, you may not even know you’ve been infected. You may be asymptomatic, or symptoms may go unnoticed until there are health complications or you get the news that a sexual partner has been diagnosed. The Mayo Clinic  says to look out for these symptoms that could indicate you have been infected through sexual transmission:

  • Sores or bumps on the genitals or in the oral or rectal area
  • Painful or burning urination
  • Discharge from the penis
  • Unusual or odorous vaginal discharge
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding
  • Pain during sex
  • Sore, swollen lymph nodes, particularly in the groin but sometimes more widespread
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Rash over the trunk, hands, or feet

The difficulty in knowing whether or not you are infected is that symptoms may never appear, may appear years later, or a few days after exposure. The concern about STDs is that they can have serious health consequences if left untreated. Some STDs can cause infertility, chronic pain, and other long-term health problems. In addition, many STDs can be easily passed on to sexual partners, even when the infected person is not experiencing any symptoms. This means that people who have multiple sexual partners or who engage in unprotected sex are at an increased risk of contracting and spreading STDs.

Increasing Infections in the Senior Community

Another growing public health concern is the rising number of infections seen in the senior community. As we experience the largest population of older Americans, the baby boomers — officials are seeing a rising number of STIs in Americans aged 55+. In just under 10 years, officials have seen:

  • A 164% increase in gonorrhea
  • A 120% increase in syphilis
  • An 86% increase in chlamydia

Source: Everyday Health (2019).

Get Tested at Any Lab Test Now®

If you are sexually active, you should get tested regularly. Any Lab Test Now offers private, affordable, and convenient STD testing options for anyone looking to take control of their health. We understand that this can be a sensitive subject for many but we respect your privacy and take the utmost discretion. We follow all HIPAA regulations, which provides you with the peace of mind that you will receive a high standard of care with complete confidentiality.

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Remember, at Any Lab Test Now®, the lab tests we provide are confidential, affordable, and convenient. You own the results, and you choose how to proceed with them, whether that means consulting with your provider for further information or sharing with a trusted advisor.

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