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Merits of Getting Tested for STDs Frequently

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. As much as you will try the mentioned measures, there is a need for getting tested for STDs due to the reasons highlighted next.

The symptoms displayed by a number of sexually transmitted diseases resemble those of milder infections such as cold and flu. Others are asymptomatic, meaning that they do not display any visible signs. 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. Most probably, the person who does the spreading isn’t aware of the presence of the illness, meaning that he or she is innocent. If two partners each have unprotected sex with numerous other persons, the infection could spread like wildfire within a short period. 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. Such an assumption is wrong since there could be no infection to speak about or it may not have spread to the healthy partner. Testing is necessary here because it helps everyone know about their status and start having responsible and safe sex in future instances.

Early detection of most illnesses, including STDs, is paramount in ensuring that treatment is successful. 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. No wonder you may find a virgin with an STD, something that may leave you in shock.

Getting tested for STDs is imperative before you get into a relationship so that you may know your position in the union. Envisage a situation where you have an STD that shows no symptoms that later makes you fall sick. Your first thought would be that he or she has cheated on you, and that could be the end of your relationship. Such unjustified accusations and the unnecessary ending of a relationship that would have lasted a lifetime can be avoided by getting tested for STDs.

Many people, especially the youth avoid getting tested for STDs because they don’t want to learn the shocking truth. It is, however, scarier not to learn the truth because the state of worry that will result will kill you faster than any known STD. Besides, you may not even have an illness in the first place.