St. Joseph's

Sexually Transmitted Disease Screenings

Detection of Infections Spread by Sexual Contact

What are sexually transmitted disease screenings?

Screening tests detect infections spread by sexual contact (sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs) such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), gonorrhea, genital herpes and chlamydia. 

Why should I get screened for sexually transmitted diseases?

These diseases can have serious complications to your reproductive system and in the case of HIV, can lead to life-threatening disease. 

How often should I get screened for sexually transmitted diseases?

Your doctor will determine whether you need STD screening tests based on your personal risk factors. STDs may be particularly harmful to a pregnant woman and fetus. Therefore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that pregnant women be screened for STDs during their first prenatal visit. 

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