STD’s and the Benefits of STD Testing


STD’s or Sexually Transmitted Diseases is common among people around the world. Everyone should be careful about these diseases. Regular STD testing is important for everyone as this could save your life. I will write here about STD’s and STD testing, and the benefits of this testing.

STD or STI


STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) or STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) can occur through sexual activity. The risk becomes higher when you have multiple sex partners. These diseases begin as infections. Different types of STD are: Chlamydia, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Herpes I and II,
Hepatitis B and C, HIV/AIDS.  

STD testing means various methods to detect an infection. These include blood test, urine test, stool test, vaginal discharge tests, and laparoscopy.

Who should Undergo STD Testing


If you are sexually active with different partners, you should undergo STD testing. However, if you have been exposed to any of the following situations, you should also undergo the testing process.

•    If you are a man who had sex with another man/men.
•    If you were forced to have sexual intercourse.
•    If you use intravenous drugs.
•    If you have a new partner.
•    If you are in risk of an STD and you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

The Testing Procedure


The method of STD testing will vary according to the suspected disease. The doctor will decide what type of test you should undergo if you are displaying any symptoms of the disease. If you think may have acquired an STD, but there is no symptom, then you will need to undergo several tests. The most common tests are described below.

•    Gonorrhea and Chlamydia: urine test or swab inside the vagina or penis.
•    Human Papillomavirus (HPV): HPV test or Pap test.
•    Genital Herpes: there are no tests currently available that can produce accurate result. However, the doctor may recommend a blood test or culture of blisters.
•    HIV, Hepatitis, and Syphilis: Blood test and if present, swab of genital sores.

The Benefits of STD Testing


Here are some of the benefits of STD testing.

•    You can only become sure of the presence or absence of STD in your body through STD testing. It is important for your peace of mind.
•    Undetected STD’s can cause infertility in both men and women. Therefore, it is vital to get tested.
•    Undetected HPV can cause genital warts and certain type of cancer.
•    When you are pregnant, get tested for STD’s. There are medications to help prevent your baby from becoming infected, if you have STD.
•    If you know you have an STD, you can get treated and avoid spreading the infection to others.
•    If you know that you have STD, you can get your partner to be tested and be safe.

Know about STD’s and STD testing, and be risk free.


 
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