STDs: Test Early, Test Often

While HindustanLink has blogged about STDs before, the most important measure to combat a sexually transmitted disease is knowledge and prevention. There are, of course, visible signs that you may have contracted an STD, but unfortunately, sometimes there are no obvious symptoms at all. That’s why it’s absolutely critical to make sure that everyone, no matter who you are, gets tested if you happen to be sexually active. This includes those who are both monogamous or even those who use protection on a consistent basis. The only way to know for sure is to get tested, and the only way to stop the spread of such diseases is to be aware.

Many people put off STD testing out of fear or embarrassment. However, those who may be a little nervous about going to their doctor should know that STD testing, just as with other medical diagnostic testing and procedures, is carried out with strict privacy. Don’t ever let your own personal reservations about STD testing stop you from going to your doctor.

The Mayo Clinic website offers some wonderful advice on what to expect when it comes to STD testing. To summarize, it is advised that all women at the very least get a pap test every year after 21 years of age, or three years after their first instance of sexual intercourse. Pap tests can detect the possibility of an HPV infection, which is a common STD that can lead to cervical cancer. Women should also ensure that they are screened routinely for chlamydia, a very commonly occurring and troublesome STD.

For men, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) doesn’t suggest that they get tested if they carry absolutely no symptoms. However, if you are man who is having or has had sexual intercourse with another man, the importance of testing is stronger.

For both men and women, they should immediately get tested if they notice sores or blisters in genital areas, as well as if they notice unusual discharges from the penis or vagina. HIV testing is especially important for both men and women who live in high-risk areas. Ask your doctor for a routine HIV test if you have had multiple partners or you have had intercourse with a new partner since your last test.

In the final analysis, the only surefire way to prevent STDs is to abstain from sex altogether, or to have sex with only one partner who has been tested. While AIDS tends to get more publicity, other STDs can become just as deadly if left untreated.

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This guest post is contributed by Tisha Dotson, who writes on the topics of medical coding certification. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: tishadotson86@gmail . com.



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