Having periodic STD testing is important if you think you may be at risk for an STD. Some STDs, like genital warts and HIV/AIDS are lifelong risks, meaning they stay in your body for life. Others have a short lifespan and are usually treatable. In the case of genital warts, there is a cure as well, so the need to be tested at that time is not necessary. HIV, on the other hand, can be live but once diagnosed it cannot be cured, so you need to be tested and treated.
In general, when somebody says that they need to be tested, it typically means that they do not know what STDs that they have. Often people assume that when a Pap smear is performed, or blood tests are drawn at a doctor’s office, that they are already covered. Unfortunately, many physicians do not do STD testing regularly part of their yearly exam.
Because many STDs have no symptoms, they go undiagnosed for months or even years. In fact, sometimes it can take years before you realize that you might have an STD. If you go to a physician for routine screening and get tested for STDs, you will usually notice symptoms right away. However, there are several STD screenings that are recommended for women, men, and children of all ages Mylabs.
Men should have a routine of annual STD testing, since the risk for contracting STD’s is much higher for men than for women. Usually, men get checked for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis during routine checkups, so you should be aware of any health issues that you might have before you choose to have a screening. Your doctor will likely give you an STD screening schedule along with instructions on how to collect your sample, so you will know exactly what to do when you arrive for your appointment.
Women should also be aware of their chance of getting tested for STDs by getting screened for pelvic exams each year. This is a very important measure for women who are sexually active or are pregnant because it gives them a better chance to detect any problems early on in their pregnancies. Pregnancy is a high risk period for most STDs, so you should make sure that you are getting tested before becoming pregnant. A doctor will usually recommend routine STD tests every 6 months to a year to monitor changes in the body and how it reacts to diseases.
You can help lower your risk of contracting an STD by avoiding behaviors that put you at risk. Always use protection during intercourse and other areas that commonly expose you to unwanted contacts. You should always use a condom when engaging in vaginal and anal sex. If you are sexually active, you should get annual exams and get screened for STDs at least once. If you think you might be at risk for STDs, talk to your doctor about treatment options. Early detection of STD can make a big difference in the long term treatment costs and overall health.