STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)

Sexually transmitted diseases are a growing public health concern. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) * reports that 19 million new STD infections occur every year. Furthermore, many STDs cause no noticeable symptoms and can only be diagnosed through testing.

Chlamydia is the most frequently reported STD. An estimated 1.1 million new cases were reported in 2007, an increase of 7.5% from 2006. Because symptoms are treated, but not tested, it is believed over 2.2 million people between the ages of 14-39 are infected annually. The CDC recommends annual screening for all sexually active women 25 years or younger, as well as older women with risk factors such as new or multiple sex partners.

Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported bacterial STD with 355,991 cases reported in 2007*. It is estimated that half of gonorrhea cases go unreported. Most women who have gonorrhea are frequently asymptomatic and women under the age of 25 are at the highest risk for this infection.

Herpes (HSV) is a viral infection caused by herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2). Most genital herpes infections are caused by HSV-2 and have little or minimal signs or symptoms. Nationwide, about 45 million people, ages 12 and older have had a genital HSV infection and research has found HSV to be more common in women, affecting one in four.

Gynecor offers several solutions for testing STDs. HPV genotyping, as well as Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, can be run off of Gynecor's TruTest™ or from a liquid-based Pap test. In addition, stand-alone tests can also be run off of a vaginal swab so patient’s who do not require procedures such as biopsy or colposcopy can be offered a less invasive test to detect STDs such as Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, or Herpes.

Visit our Patient Resources section to find out additional information about STDs.

* CDC, Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2007