Whether you’ve recently had a sexual interaction and are looking for some peace of mind, or if you’ve been in a relationship for a long time, it’s almost always a good idea to get tested for STDS. Thankfully, STD testing is painless, quick, and affordable – so there’s no reason to fear getting one.
Which STDs Should I Be Tested For?
Since many STDs can be present without symptoms or only with mild symptoms, it’s important to get tested for all of the most commons types of STDs, which are:
How Often Should I Get an STD Test?
If you are a sexually active adult, even if you’re in a long-term relationship, it’s wise to get an STD test at least once a year. It may be important to get tested even more often – for example, every 3 to 6 months – if you are more at risk for getting STDs.
Which STD is Easiest to Catch?
Many STDs and STIs are easy to get – and not always as easy to detect yourself. That’s why STD testing is so important. The sooner you can find out what STD you have and get it treated, the less damage it will do to your body.
The most common STDs is HPV, or Human Papillomavirus. It’s so prevalent that it’s estimated that nearly every sexually active person will, at some point, have it — and it’s possible that many of them will have no idea, because HPV often has no symptoms. However, it can cause genital warts, and, in the worst case scenario, can cause cancer of the cervix, mouth, penis, or throat.
Chlamydia is another very common STD. Similar to HPV, Chlamydia can also have no symptoms; but it may also cause discharge and pain or burning while urinating in both men and women, and if left untreated long-term could result in infections or scarring in the reproductive tract in women and reduce fertility in men.
Gonorrhea is also surprisingly common, especially amongst younger people. Many people with Gonorrhea do not know they have it as no symptoms may present, but symptoms may include pain while urinating, unpleasant discharge, painful or swollen testicles (for men) and heavier periods or spotting (for women). If left untreated, Gonorrhea can cause infertility and long-term pain.
Should I Get Tested After Every Partner?
If you frequently change partners, you need not get an STD test after every single one – but you should absolutely get tested more frequently than others. Even if you are using protection, it is still possible to contract STDs.
If you have had sex without proper protection, and/or with a person whose sexual health you are unsure of, it is very important to get tested straightaway.
Don’t Stress – Get a Test
Whatever your reason for wanting an STD test is, Blue Star Diagnostics is here to help you get it done. Our tests are always performed efficiently, professionally, and with your health and comfort in mind. Call us now to get the process started.