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The Importance of Getting Tested for STDs

Sexually active individuals use all manner of protective measures during oral, anal, and vaginal sex. Many will also practice monogamy while others will abstain from sex in a bid to stay safe. Even with all such measures, regular tests for STDs are important because of the following reasons.

Since some STDs and flu share symptoms, it is impossible to tell if you have one or the other. Others are asymptomatic, meaning that they do not display any visible signs. 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.

STDs that mimic other illnesses or the asymptomatic varieties can easily spread from one person to the other. Most probably, the person who does the spreading isn’t aware of the presence of the illness, meaning that he or she is innocent. There is the possibility of the infection reaching many people if an ill person has unprotected sex with many others. An illness such as HIV started with a single individual, but has become a global problem.

If you have unprotected intercourse with your partner for the first time, you may assume that you could have been infected, making it unnecessary to use protection in future sexual encounters. Such an assumption is wrong since there could be no infection to speak about or it may not have spread to the healthy partner. If such persons get tested, they can find about their health status and start using protective measures to prevent future infections.

An STD that is detected early can be treated successfully. A condition like HIV will, for instance, get managed easily if treatment commences at the early stages.

Apart from sexual intercourse, it is even possible to get an STD through contact with the skin, blood transfusions and other means. For example, it is possible to get oral herpes from casual contact with your relatives or friends. 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. Envisage a situation where you have an STD that shows no symptoms that later makes you fall sick. In such a situation, the other party could break up with him or her after accusing them of cheating. 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. It is, however, scarier not to learn the truth because the state of worry that will result will kill you faster than any known STD. In most cases, you will not even have an STD, and if it is there, there is a treatment for it.