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Tips on STD Testing

Having intimate relations with more than one partner without protection can often lead to one getting an STD. Mental distress and physical pain are some of the demerits of getting infected with an STD which is transmitted sexually. Going for an STD test is thus very important especially for those people who are sexually active. Being venereal diseases, STDs can affect anyone whether young or old and male or female. Contrary to popular belief, STD tests are usually not the same as gynecological exams performed on women. It is important for one to take an STD test if at all they have more than one sexual partner. In order to reduce chances of one getting infected, it is always important to use protection by using condoms during sexual relations.

STD tests are usually free in most places and those who have had unprotected sex can go and get tested without paying a dime. Doctors who carry out these tests are usually sworn to secrecy and uphold confidentiality which is a good thing about these tests. Most people find it scary going for such tests as they are afraid of them testing positive for some sexually transmitted infections. The good thing about taking an STD test is that one isn’t stigmatized as the doctor keeps your results confidential. Private doctors may offer their patients STD test kits or carry out the test in their office.

Chlamydia and gonorrhea are the most common sexually transmitted diseases that one should get tested for. The latter affects the reproductive system in both men and women. When it comes to men’s cases, it might be a bit difficult for one to know whether they are infected as they might not get any symptoms especially in the early stages. Green, white or yellow pus, having a burning sensation when urinating and sores are some of the common symptoms of gonorrhea. After two to five days of being infected, women symptoms start showing up. In order to test for the severity and presence of this disease, one should go for a test.

Most people refer to chlamydia as a silent disease as it takes quite some time for one to know that they are infected. The symptoms usually start weeks after infection. Symptoms of chlamydia include a smelly discharge, painful urination, pain in the lower abdomen and painful periods as well. STD tests should be taken frequently in order for one to know whether they are infected.

As much as seeing multiple partners isn’t wrong, one should be very careful as it takes a toll on one’s health. Using protection is the safest way to avoid getting infected at any cost.

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