Anyone who is sexually active should be screened for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), regardless of whether they have symptoms or not. Here are seven reasons why.
1. There are often no noticeable symptoms.
A 2003 study conducted in the US estimated that 45% of all cases of gonorrhoea and 77% of all cases of chlamydia were never symptomatic. That means, roughly, that 3 out of 4 chlamydia infections and almost half of gonorrhoea infections have no symptoms.
Getting tested is the only way to know if you have an STD.
2. Complications are serious.
Complications of untreated STD infections include pregnancy complications, infertility, an increased risk of becoming HIV positive, and even some types of cancer.
3. Testing is quick and easy.
For most STD tests (excluding HIV and late stage Syphilis), there are no needles required. The laboratory tests for STDs are most frequently done on a urine sample and on a fluid sample from the infected area. UDoSTDTest to order an STD test that you can do from home.
4. Most STDs are treatable, if not curable.
Bacterial STD infections are mostly curable through the use of antibiotics, often with just a single dose. Antiviral drugs can’t cure a viral infection, but they can help treat viral STDs like HIV and herpes. With early and appropriate treatment, it’s possible to reduce the viral load to undetectable levels.
5. There is relief in knowing.
Knowing is better than worrying. If you know your STD status, you can manage your health better.
6. Visible symptoms are less likely with earlier treatment.
Consider the progression of syphilis. The primary stage of infection is characterised by the presence of something called a chancre – a fire, round, and painless sore that often goes unnoticed. The secondary phase of infection starts with the development of a rash on one or more areas of the body and can develop into large, raised grey or white lesions in the mouth or moist areas like under the arms.
Early treatment can stop the progression of an STD before it becomes visible.
7. Strong relationships come from open and honest communication.
Getting tested for STDs before having sex with a new partner sets the tone for an honest and committed relationship. If you don’t get tested, and one of you is diagnosed with an STD later on, you will never know if it was present before you had sex or if the infected partner has been cheating.