How Do Doctors Test for STDs?

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The estimated number of people living with a sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the UnitedStates is over 65 million. At least 1 in 4 Americans will contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD) at some point in their lives. Every year, there are approximately 15 million new cases of sexually transmitted disease (STD).

WHO SHOULD RECEIVE STD TESTING?

Anyone that has ever had a sexual experience with someone without having them tested first. A majority of our population falls into this category and that is why STD Testing is so important. We are a trustworthy society and like to believe that we can trust one another, and don’t like to think that we might be the next STD statistic.In most cases it’s not the fault of the partner that you’ve chosen or that someone gave you a STD intentionally in anyway. A majority of the most common STD’s are asymptomatic, and don’t show signs or symptoms whatsoever. So, most people aren’t even aware that they are a carrier of a STD. That’s why regular STD Testing is so important.

It is recommended that all sexually active people receive routine STD Testing. The screenings are fast and relatively inexpensive compared to the consequences of not getting early detection, so there is no reason not to protect your health. Even if you have been in a committed relationship for a long time, there is no way to be sure that your partner wasn’t infected prior to committing to you – without STD Testing.No one wants to think that a loved one would betray them, but we have to be realistic. Infidelity is so common in our society and it is part of the reason that more than 50% of all marriages fail. Recent divorcees and people that have just gotten out of a long term relationship are a good portion of our business for this reason.

SYMPTOMS THAT CAUSE PEOPLE TO SETUP STD TESTING

As mentioned earlier, most of the people that need STD Testing don’t show signs or symptoms because most STD’s are asymptomatic. That is the main reason why there has been an increase in STD Testing over the last decade. People are aware of the consequences of unprotected sex and not getting STD treatment early. In most cases, STD testing is the only way to detect a STD. These infections can be transmitted through vaginal intercourse, oral sex, anal sex, and skin to skin contact. Remember that the most commonly transmitted STD’s do not display any initial signs or symptoms and by the time the symptoms show – there has already been irreversible damage. Here are some common symptoms that should make you consider STD Testing:

  • Itching around genitals
  • Scaly rash or redness around genitals or mouth
  • Painful or burning
  • Urination
  • Discharge from Genitals
  • Discomfort in the genital areas
  • Soreness in the throat that persists
  • Dark colored urine
  • Swelling of lymph nodes
  • Fever and body ache
  • Fatigue that cannot be explained
  • Weight loss and night sweats
  • Increased frequency of urination and testicular pain among men
  • Bleeding following sexual intercourse
  • Nausea along with vomiting
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Abdominal pain

1 in 5 adults will have a STD in their lifetime. If you have had a sexual encounter that could be considered at risk, please get a same day std test,if not for yourself, then for anyone you might come in contact with sexually.

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