STD testing – to do or not to do?

Every person (man or woman) should take care of his or her health. But why getting STD testing remains rare? As a rule, it is done already when there are real reasons for the diagnosis. Let's find out what is STD testing and should you do it or not.

 

STD - the term means Sexually Transmitted Disease. Or it's also called a STI (sexually transmitted infections).

The term STD is used for any illness that is passed from one person to another through vaginal, anal, or oral sex. This does not mean that sex is the only way that STDs can be transmitted. Depending on the STD, an infection may also be transmitted through:

  • shared needles
  • breastfeeding
  • non-sexual skin-to-skin contact
  • shared bedding or towels

Talking about STD testing might feel awkward, but try not to be embarrassed. Most people get an STD test at least once in their lives. It means they’re taking care of their health. If you’re concerned about a particular infection or symptom, talk to your doctor about it. Unfortunately, many people don’t receive prompt treatment for STIs. Because many STIs have no symptoms or very non-specific symptoms, which can make them hard to notice. The stigma around STIs also discourages some people from getting tested. But testing is the only way to know for sure if you have an STI.

More about STD testing 

Common STD symptoms include:

  • rashes
  • pain during sex or urination
  • abnormal discharge
  • sores, bumps, or blisters 

Depending on the type of disease, the doctor can prescribe a different kind of STD test. Because there is no single method of diagnosis for all types of diseases. The doctor will choose the appropriate test, depending on your symptoms or suspicions. Also, you should also tell your doctor about:

  • the types of protection you use during oral, vaginal, and anal sex
  • any medications you’re taking
  • any known or suspected exposures you’ve had to STIs
  • whether you or your partner have other sexual partners

The most common STD are: chlamydia, gonorrhea, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B, syphilis, trichomoniasis.

Also, it is useful to know, that STD testing Brooklyn is quick, easy, and it usually doesn’t hurt. STD testing may include:

  • A urine test — you just pee into a cup.
  • A cheek swab — you rub the inside of your cheek with a soft swab to test for HIV.
  • A blood test — blood from your arm or finger.
  • A physical exam — doctor looks at your genital area to check for sores, rashes, irritation, or discharge.
  • Using a swab - to gently take discharge or cell samples from your penis, vagina, urethra, cervix, anus, or throat.

Conclusion

STIs are common, and the testing is widely available. The tests can vary, depending on which STIs your doctor is checking for. Talk to your doctor about your sexual history and ask which tests you should get. They can help you understand the potential benefits and risks of different STI tests. They can also recommend appropriate treatment options if you test positive for any STIs.

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