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Why you should get STD Testing

Sexually transmitted diseases are not fun, and one of the best ways to prevent STDs is to be tested for them. You might be asking yourself why you should be tested if you have no symptoms. The most common symptom of an STD is actually not having any symptoms, therefore if you are sexually active, it is in your best interest to have regular STD testing.

 Symptoms

One widespread misconception regarding STDs is that it will be a noticeable bump, lump or rash on the genitals. While this can be a sign of an STD, most people who have one actually have no idea. There are a few symptoms of STDs, and these include sores, bumps, rashes, or itching around either the genitals, thighs, or anus. Strange discharge from the penis or vagina can also be a sign of an STD. STD symptoms can also show themselves as flu-like symptoms, meaning body aches, swollen glands, or exhaustion. In the case of flu-like symptoms, if you had already undergone regular STD testing, there would be no worry regarding the possibility of an STD. But if you are ever unsure, it is a good idea to head to your doctor or nearest clinic to make sure.

Procedure

The procedure for most STD testing is straightforward, and it is essential to be tested for all possible diseases rather than just one. Some STD tests can be done simply through a urine test. Others can be done through a mouth swab of the inner cheek or a simple pinprick of the finger. One of the most thorough methods is to do a small blood sample. This allows a full panel to be taken so that no stone goes unturned. 

Testing for those who have never had intercourse

 If you have never had sexual intercourse with either a penis into a vagina or a penis into an anus, you might think that you do not need to be tested for STDs. This is very wrong, as there are many ways to contract STDs. STDs can be spread by skin to skin contacts such as rubbing of genitals, any exchange of sexual fluids, or bodily fluids such as blood. STDs can also be spread through shared needles by the use of drugs, tattoos, or piercings. Oral herpes, which is known as the common cold-core, is actually considered an STD. This can be contracted from a parent to a child by casual contact. Everyone needs to get tested to be aware of what they might be carrying. 

Respect and Responsibility

Part of being sexually active is having respect for yourself as well as your partner(s), and responsibility for your health. If you decide to have more than one partner, it is always a good idea to be tested between partners, even if using other forms of protection. Having sexual responsibility also means being able to have a conversation with any partners. Discussions regarding sexual partners, safe sex, and testing patterns are instrumental in preventing STDs. There is no way to know if you are at risk for infections without having a conversation regarding it. You will also not know if you have anything to disclose if you haven’t already been tested. 

The only way to know if you have an STD is to get tested for one. You may have never had sexual intercourse, or you may have no symptoms, but it is always better to catch it earlier than later. For more information, please contact us 410-721-2333

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