The Importance of Getting Tested for STDs
Sexually active individuals use all manner of protective measures during oral, anal, and vaginal sex. Also, others will practice abstinence or be faithful to their partners to avoid getting STDs. Though it is commendable to protect yourself in such ways, getting tested for STDs is an imperative step you need to take because of the reasons mentioned below.
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. If you are not tested, the illness will aggravate and cause severe effects in the future, something you can avoid by visiting a health facility.
Because you may not even tell if you have an STD, it is possible to spread the illness to other persons. In many cases, such a spread is unintentional since the person doing it is not even aware of the presence of an STD. There is the possibility of the infection reaching many people if an ill person has unprotected sex with many others. HIV is one of the infections that spread in such a manner, up to a point where it has reached global proportions.
Some people assume that just because their first sexual encounters with their partners was unprotected, there is no need to get tested since the STDs they could have gotten are already in their bodies. Such an assumption is wrong since there could be no infection to speak about or it may not have spread to the healthy partner. By getting tested, you can learn about your health status, which will help you to take protective measures in the future.
Early detection of most illnesses, including STDs, is paramount in ensuring that treatment is successful. That is evident in the management of HIV, which is most successful if antiretroviral drugs are administered early on.
Sex is not the only way to spread an STD since skin-to-skin contact can also be the cause of someone getting ill. Casual contact can, for instance, result in the spread of oral herpes from one member of the family to the other. That explains why even virgins need to get tested for STDs.
Before getting into a relationship, both parties need to get tested so that they know where they stand. One of them could be having an STD that is asymptomatic and later fall ill. 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.
Many people, especially the youth avoid getting tested for STDs because they don’t want to learn the shocking truth. 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. You may be in for a pleasant surprise to learn that you simply have a flu.