The Importance of Getting Tested for STDs
Many sexually active persons will use various protection measures when engaging in oral, vaginal, and anal intercourse with their partners. Some will abstain and be faithful to a single partner as measures to help practice safe sex and avoid infections. Though it is commendable to protect yourself in such ways, getting tested for STDs is an imperative step you need to take because of the reasons mentioned below.
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). Without testing, it is difficult to tell if you have an infection or not, which is risky because the disease could progress and cause permanent or irreversible damage to your internal organs.
Because you may not even tell if you have an STD, it is possible to spread the illness to other persons. Such spread is innocent since the person who transmits the illness is not even aware that he or she is ill. Within a short time, it is possible for the disease to have spread to numerous persons, especially if the individuals involved have multiple sexual partners. An illness such as HIV started with a single individual, but has become a global problem.
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. Testing is necessary here because it helps everyone know about their status and start having responsible and safe sex in future instances.
With the detection of an STD in its early stages, it is possible to succeed in treating it. 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. It offers an explanation for the many virgins with STDs, something many people cannot comprehend.
Testing is imperative before you get into a relationship so that you can both take safe positions. Imagine if your partner has an asymptomatic STD, which later causes him or her to fall ill seriously. Your first thought would be that he or she has cheated on you, and that could be the end of your relationship. With STD testing that is carried out before things become serious, none of such unjustified accusations can take place.
Not many people would like to learn the truth about their sexual health because of past behavior and other reasons. 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.