What to do when you think you have an STD

According to the World Health Organisation, a staggering more than one million people contract an STD every single day. There is no doubt that in both developing and developed countries, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a major health problem.

Why you should know your STD status?

Knowing your STD status could save your life. If left untreated, some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) could lead to serious health issues such as infertility or risk of cancer. The problem is that many sexually transmitted disease (STD) infections don’t exhibit any symptoms or they have mild symptoms that can be easily overlooked.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has also stated that some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can increase the risk of HIV infection three-fold or more.

How long before an STD can be detected?

The most commonly found 

  • Chlamydia symptoms usually begin to appear 1 to 3 weeks after infection, although they are often mild.

  • When Gonorrhea symptoms occur, they are often within 2 to 10 days after exposure, but can take up to 30 days to develop.

Symptoms of Chlamydia can include: 

  • painful urination;

  • discharge from the vagina or penis;

  • painful sexual intercourse (in women); and

  • testicular pain.

Symptoms of Gonorrhea can include:

  • a greenish yellow or white discharge from the vagina;

  • lower abdominal or pelvic pain;

  • discomfort during urination;

  • conjunctivitis; and

  • burning in the throat as well as swollen glands (due to oral sex).

Who should get tested for STDs?

All sexually active man or woman (even those that are pregnant), regardless of sexual orientation, should get tested.  Most STDs are treatable and some even curable. By establishing your STD status, you can get the treatment you (and your partner) need and stop any long term side effects should your test be positive.

How to test for STDs?

You can get tested at your local clinic or physician for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or you can test yourself from home using the UDoSTDTest. It is discreet, safe and uses advanced laboratory methods to detect possible infection. All the test needs is a few drops of urine. Our UDoSTDTest is straight forward, and includes a laboratory analysis and a doctor’s review.