- Fertility & Reproductive Systems
STD screening in teenagers - How often a teen should get screened for STDs
STD stands for sexually transmitted disease which is a very common disease transmitted due to unprotected sex or unhygienic, unclean, and diseased body parts of one or multiple partners. According to a recent survey, teens on social networking sites like Facebook and Orkut have more chances of acquiring STDs, as it has been reported by several teen parents that teens are using Facebook and other social networking sites as Internet dating sites. Moreover, teens have started misusing these sites to hook up with strangers of opposite sex. This trend of website dating usually ends up in unhygienic sex leading to teens acquiring sexually transmitted diseases like HIV, syphilis, genital herpes, Chlamydia, HPV, trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, yeast infections, Jock itch, and/or scabies. Though some STD diseases are not life-threatening but diseases like HIV are real life-threatening which can lead to death. This is the reason why it becomes really important for every parent to get their teen screened for STDs.
How often a teen should get screened for STDs?
Getting screened for STD depends on how much social a teen is and how many times a teen engages in unprotected sex with strangers. Getting STD tests is not only limited to teen girls, as teen boys should also go for STD tests every year if they engage with multiple partners. STD screening is the best way to prevent the consequences of sexually transmitted diseases. Teens should consult their doctors for STD screening prior to starting a new relationship. This can help prevent STDs to some extent.
Cost of STD Screening
Getting screened for STD is not very costly as there are several free STD screening centers in most countries around the world. You just need to visit a free STD screening clinic in your area. To get a comprehensive list of free STD screening clinics in USA, you can visit Free STD Clinics or Free STD Treatment Clinics by selecting your state for finding the nearest free STD center to your area. Teens from other countries can also search for "STD screening labs or centers" in their area.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 25% teen girls having STDs and 15% having multiple STDs
Most STD screening doctors providing free screening are well trained in STD testing and treatment. They find out the causes and symptoms of STD and treat accordingly. Teens getting tested for STD go through complete physical examination. Doctor asks for specific questions related to patient’s history of sexual relationships, etc. Doctors also give answers to the patient’s questions and concerns related to STD.The whole process of free STD screening takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour. If a teen is found negative for STD at the end of screening, a handout with specific guidelines to prevent STD in the future is given to the patient. If a patient is found to have an STD, then instructions for further examination, testing, and treatment are provided.
Least but not last, it could be said that the frequency of getting a teen screened for STDs depends on the frequency of them having casual sex. Parents must teach their kids about the hazards of casual sex and hooking up with strangers.