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The Importance of Getting Tested for STDs
Many sexually active persons will use various protection measures when engaging in oral, vaginal, and anal intercourse with their partners. Many will also practice monogamy while others will abstain from sex in a bid to stay safe. 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.
Many STDs exhibit flu-like symptoms, meaning that you cannot tell the difference between the two. Numerous other STDs display no symptoms at all (asymptomatic). 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. 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. That is how the HIV problem became a global issue in such a short time.
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. It is wrong to make such an assumption since you may not have been infected. Testing is necessary here because it helps everyone know about their status and start having responsible and safe sex in future instances.
An STD that is detected early can be treated successfully. Even terminal illnesses such as HIV can be managed best if antiretroviral regimens are administered during the early stages of the infections.
There are several STDs that can be spread through means that do not involve intercourse such as skin-to-skin contact. Casual contact can, for instance, result in the spread of oral herpes from one member of the family to the other. It offers an explanation for the many virgins with STDs, something many people cannot comprehend.
Getting tested for STDs is imperative before you get into a relationship so that you may know your position in the union. Imagine if your partner has an asymptomatic STD, which later causes him or her to fall ill seriously. In such a situation, the other party could break up with him or her after accusing them of cheating. Such unjustified accusations and the unnecessary ending of a relationship that would have lasted a lifetime can be avoided by getting tested for STDs.
For someone who has been promiscuous in the past, getting tested for STDs may not seem like a great idea due to the fear of getting results that are not desirable. That is an incorrect position because the truth about your health status is less scarier than the constant state of worry that may result if you do not get a confirmation. In most cases, you will not even have an STD, and if it is there, there is a treatment for it.
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