Dr. Savita Ginde was recently featured in an article by The Checkup by SingleCare — to discuss which medical tests to take before you turn 30, she expanded on the importance of pelvic exams and screenings for sexually transmitted diseases.
Here’s an excerpt:
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all sexually active individuals between 13 and 64 should be tested for HIV at least once a year regardless of risk factors. For individuals who have higher-risk sexual activity, it is recommended to test every three to six months for HIV.
If you are sexually active with new or multiple sex partners it’s important to also be tested for sexually transmitted infections like chlamydia and gonorrhea every year—especially for women under the age of 25—says Savita Ginde, MD, a family medicine specialist in Boulder, Colorado. Screening for STIs can help you detect them earlier, which prevents a host of health issues from developing later on.
“If left untreated chlamydia and gonorrhea can spread to your pelvis and infect the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries, which can lead to infertility,” Dr. Ginde says.