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Health Care Providers Suggest STD Testing

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In the past four years, the state of North Dakota has seen over 1,000 new cases of Chlamydia.

Lacey McNichols, a nurse at First District Health Unit in Minot says that each time you have a new partner, you take the risk of catching a sexually transmitted disease.

April marks the annual observance of STD Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20 million new STD’s occur every year. Local health care providers are urging people to get tested.

“Your reproductive system is park of your body that needs maintenance. It needs a check-up on an annual basis. It’s just kind of a reminder for people that they should go in and talk to their doctors about their reproductive health,” McNichols says.

Chlamydia is the most commonly seen STD in our area. If it is left untreated it can cause infertility issues.

McNichols says at First District Health Unit they do a lot of follow up contact tracking when it comes to Chlamydia because of its consequences. As a nurse, she says it’s always a priority to make sure that the disease you may have today doesn’t affect your ability to have children in the future.

It's important to remember that not all sexually transmitted diseases show symptoms. Symptoms can also appear different for everyone.

Either way, if you think you may have an STD, it's best to get checked out by a doctor. McNichols says there is always something that can be done about it, but if you ignore the problem it won’t go away.

While an STD diagnosis is reportable to the State Health Department, the visit to your doctor is confidential.

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