Finding Parallels Between Tests and Life

Why Getting Tested for STDs is Important

Many sexually active persons will use various protection measures when engaging in oral, vaginal, and anal intercourse with their partners. Also, others will practice abstinence or be faithful to their partners to avoid getting STDs. Even with all such measures, regular tests for STDs are important because of the following reasons.

The symptoms displayed by a number of sexually transmitted diseases resemble those of milder infections such as cold and flu. A number of STDs are asymptomatic, meaning that they don’t show symptoms. 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.

Because you may not even tell if you have an STD, it is possible to spread the illness to other persons. Such spread is innocent since the person who transmits the illness is not even aware that he or she is ill. Within a short time, it is possible for the disease to have spread to numerous persons, especially if the individuals involved have multiple sexual partners. HIV is one of the infections that spread in such a manner, up to a point where it has reached global proportions.

For some people, the fact that they had unprotected sex with their partners for the first time is an excuse not to use protection in future encounters since any illness that they could have contracted is already in them. However, that is not the case since the infection may not have taken place in that instance. If such persons get tested, they can find about their health status and start using protective measures to prevent future infections.

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.

Apart from sexual intercourse, it is even possible to get an STD through contact with the skin, blood transfusions and other means. For example, it is possible to get oral herpes from casual contact with your relatives or friends. It offers an explanation for the many virgins with STDs, something many people cannot comprehend.

Testing is imperative before you get into a relationship so that you can both take safe positions. Envisage a situation where you have an STD that shows no symptoms that later makes you fall sick. It will be very tough for you to explain to your partner that you did not cheat on him or her, and that could lead to a breakup very easily. Such unjustified accusations and the unnecessary ending of a relationship that would have lasted a lifetime can be avoided by getting tested for STDs.

Not many people would like to learn the truth about their sexual health because of past behavior and other reasons. 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. Besides, you may not even have an illness in the first place.

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