A basic guide to STD testing
STD testing is generally one area of health care services that not many people like to talk about. Talking about sex, especially diseases related to sex, can be an uncomfortable topic. But because not many people like to talk about it, there are many people who don't get regularly tested for STDs. Testing is something that should be done regularly. While it may not be the most comfortable situation, it's absolutely essential for your health.
Why is STD testing important?
Unfortunately, many people make the mistake of thinking that if they're having "safe" sex, they can't contract any STDs. But that isn't the case. Just like using condoms or other forms of protection, getting tested for STDs regularly is part of having a healthy sex life. If an STD goes untreated, the person affected can suffer health problems for a very long time. Furthermore, they can continue to spread the STD, sometimes without even knowing it.
While some STDs make themselves known with very obvious symptoms, others can have no symptoms at all. Because you may not even realize you have an STD if there are no symptoms, it's important to get tested at an urgent care clinic. The majority of STDs can be treated quite easily if they're caught early on. So to take care of yourself and any future partners, make sure you're getting tested for STDs on a regular basis.
Who is at risk for STDs?
One of the most common misconceptions about STDs is that they can only be spread through sexual intercourse. But they can be spread numerous ways, making people more at risk than they might think. Here are just a few of the ways STDs can be contracted:
- Through unprotected intercourse
- Through oral sex
- Having sex with multiple partners
- Sharing needles
- Using unsterilized equipment for tattoos
- Having skin-to-skin contact
Testing and treatment
Most STDs are diagnosed by a simple swab test, urine test or blood sample. Depending on whether it’s a bacterial or viral infection, your medical provider may prescribe an antibiotic or antiviral medication to treat it. It is important to get tested so you can be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Infections that are left untreated can cause serious complications and lead to other health problems. Visit your local urgent care clinic today and put your mind at ease.