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Importance of STD Testing

STDs are diseases that mostly affect those people who have unprotected sexual relations with one or more partners. Those who are infected with an STD usually experience a lot of pain and distress as well. It is therefore important for one to take an STD test every once in a while especially if one is sexually active. Sexually transmitted infections are venereal diseases that can affect both men and women alike. STD tests for women are not the same as gynecological exams contrary to what most people believe. It is important for one to take an STD test if at all they have more than one sexual partner. The only way one can reduce the risk of getting infected with an STD is if they wear condoms or use protection when they are having sexual relations with more than one partner.

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. In event that one is positive after going for such a test, they are guaranteed that they won’t face any stigma as the doctor doesn’t share the news with anyone. One can go for tests done by private doctors which take place in their offices or they can be offered STD test kits.

Gonorrhea and chlamydia are just but some examples of the most common infections that people who practice unprotected sex are at risk of getting infected. The reproductive system in both men and women is what is affected when one has gonorrhea. 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. Those who are infected with this diseases often experience sores, pus and a burning sensation when urinating. After two to five days of being infected, women symptoms start showing up. It is therefore imperative for one to go for an STD test in order to know the severity and presence of the disease.

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. Some of the symptoms include lower abdominal pain, painful periods, painful urination, smelly discharge among others. Going for an STD test on a regular basis will help you know whether you are infected or not.

As much as seeing multiple partners isn’t wrong, one should be very careful as it takes a toll on one’s health. The safest way to avoid getting infected is by using protection during intercourse.

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