Be STD Aware with Routine Testing for STDs
Why Should You be Tested for Sexually Transmitted Diseases?
Sexually transmitted diseases are increasingly prevalent in today’s society. The best way to keep yourself STD aware in these times is to be routinely tested for STDs if you are sexually active. By doing this simple, painless act, you may save your life and the life of someone you love.
How Do I Get Tested for STDS?
STD testing is relatively painless and quick. Depending on the STD you are being tested for, you may need to give the lab a urine test, a blood work or a swab may be used to collect a sample. The process for being tested is relatively simple. You may need to answer a few questions about your health and your sexual history. You may also need to have a pelvic exam in some cases, but usually, it is not needed for a basic screening that is a part of a routine checkup.
If you have sores, discharge or have had a partner who was recently diagnosed with an STD, you will want to be tested to make sure whether you have contracted an STD. But sexually active people need to have a routine test for STDs as a part of their normal annual checkup at the minimum.
Some of the tests (http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/std-testing.html) that may be performed for STDs come in a variety of forms, such as:
• A blood test requiring either a prick of the finger or a blood draw.
• A sample of urine.
• Swabbing inside the mouth.
• A swabbing of the genital area.
• A swabbing of any sores, secretions or discharge.
How do STDs Spread?
There are a lot of rumors about how STDs are passed from one person to another. Here is the truth about how to spread an STD http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/std.html?WT.ac=t-ra and how to prevent the spread of STDs.
STDs are spread through sexual contact. Any skin to skin touch with a sore or area infected with an STD can spread the germs. Viruses and bacteria that cause STDs can be passed through oral and anal sex as well as through cuts in the skin that has contact with the STD. Also, it takes a while for many of the symptoms of some STDs to develop. You might have sexual contact with someone who looks and feels fine but is infected and doesn’t know it.
Some of the characteristics that increase the chances of getting an STD include:
• Starting to have sex at a young age.
• Many sexual partners participating in any sexual activity.
• Unprotected sex. Birth control doesn’t protect you from possible STD infection. The one source of birth control that does help prevent an STD is a condom. The only sure way to avoid an STD is abstinence.
If you are active sexually, you must protect yourself by having STD testing. Early detection of STDs remains one of the best ways to ensure your health and that of your partners. Get tested early and stay healthy.