STD testing information
Posted by SharonEvans on October 19th, 2013
There are different types of STD testing, since there are various sexually transmitted diseases that people can get. Although some of the conditions are more common, such as herpes, Chlamydia and so, there are some diseases that can be harder to treat and which are also very contagious. This makes it very important for a person to get tested in case there is any sign of suspicion. Sexually active people, especially those who have multiple partners, are more prone to get a diseases, adding the fact that some are hard to spot, as they don’t present any symptoms and a person can have a condition throughout life without knowing. Especially when it comes to HIV testing, there should be no hesitation.
Nowadays, there is a lot of information available for people and many possibilities of getting STD testing. Unfortunately, people don’t take advantage or don’t take the time to benefit from them, risking to infest others and to decrease recovery chances. How can you know what type of testing you require? There are certain factors that should be taken into consideration, such as sexual behavior, age and exposure. Sexually transmitted diseases have no regard of a person’s age, gender, nationality or religion. There is a misconception where women think they will get tested whenever they pay a visit to their gynecologist. It is not the case and men will not get one either when they go for a general examination.
HIV testing has to be required separately and the medical provider will make an appointment and conduct the needed research. CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, requires people to consider STD testing as an important part of a routine medical check-up, especially for teenagers. However, people within the ages of 13-64 should not be disregarded. Those encouraged to conduct yearly testing are people who have been found positive for Chlamydia or gonorrhea, people with multiple partners, those who use certain types of drugs, especially intravenous ones and men who have sexual relationships with other men.
In most cases, STD testing requires a blood sample or a sample from a genital sore. It can be rather uncomfortable, but it is a necessary procedure. The worst part is that certain diseases are contagious, putting at risk other people. To eliminate all possibilities, HIV testing can be done at an early stage and in the unfortunate event of being positive; there are always means of leading a normal life. Once someone is found with a sexually transmitted disease, the sexual partners should be informed and encouraged to take the tests as well.
Besides the traditional procedure of going to a clinic to get tested, there is always the possibility of protecting your identity and privacy with anonymous testing. It is a concept that more and more people adopt, because what is important in the end is to conduct the test and to know for sure if a person has a disease or not. There are already a large number of clinics that accept anonymous testing and you can find out the one closest to you.
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