The Beginner’s Guide to Health
The Importance of Getting Tested for STDs
During sex, many people will protect themselves in all sorts of ways. Some will abstain and be faithful to a single partner as measures to help practice safe sex and avoid infections. As much as you will try the mentioned measures, there is a need for getting tested for STDs due to the reasons highlighted next.
Since some STDs and flu share symptoms, it is impossible to tell if you have one or the other. Numerous other STDs display no symptoms at all (asymptomatic). So, you may not even know if you have an STD or not, and that could lead to severe health risks because the illness will just keep progressing with time.
There is the possibility of spreading STDs since many of these illnesses have confusing symptoms or no signs at all. Such spread is innocent since the person who transmits the illness is not even aware that he or she is ill. If two partners each have unprotected sex with numerous other persons, the infection could spread like wildfire within a short period. That is how the HIV problem became a global issue in such a short time.
Some people assume that just because their first sexual encounters with their partners was unprotected, there is no need to get tested since the STDs they could have gotten are already in their bodies. It is wrong to make such an assumption since you may not have been infected. If such persons get tested, they can find about their health status and start using protective measures to prevent future infections.
Early detection of most illnesses, including STDs, is paramount in ensuring that treatment is successful. Even terminal illnesses such as HIV can be managed best if antiretroviral regimens are administered during the early stages of the infections.
Apart from sexual intercourse, it is even possible to get an STD through contact with the skin, blood transfusions and other means. A disease like oral herpes is transmitted through casual contact between friends and family members. No wonder you may find a virgin with an STD, something that may leave you in shock.
Before getting into a relationship, both parties need to get tested so that they know where they stand. One of them could be having an STD that is asymptomatic and later fall ill. Your first thought would be that he or she has cheated on you, and that could be the end of your relationship. It is possible to avoid such unjustified accusations by getting tested for STD before you start having sexual relations with your partner.
Many people, especially the youth avoid getting tested for STDs because they don’t want to learn the shocking truth. However, worrying that you may or may not have caught an STD is scarier than knowing the truth. In most cases, you will not even have an STD, and if it is there, there is a treatment for it.
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