If you are not in a monogamous relationship with a partner that does not have any sexually transmitted diseases you are at risk of being infected. Regular STD testing of both you and all of your sexual partners is an important step to your long-term health. Many STD’s do not show immediate signs, or have immediate symptoms. For example, you can be infected with genital herpes and can never experience an outbreak, or the outbreak can be so minor that you dismiss it as something else. This is extremely dangerous because you can pass diseases such as genital herpes and HIV to your sexual partners. If you are a pregnant woman you can also spread these diseases to your unborn child which can be fatal. If you are screened regularly you can prevent spreading diseases such as Syphilis, Chlamydia, Hepatitis and HIV to healthy men and women.
If you are showing symptoms and you believe that you may have contracted a sexually transmitted disease it is important to take the right precautions immediately. Do not have sex or any type of sexual contact with anyone before your appointment with a medical provider. This will ensure that you do not pass the infection on to other people. If you test positive for an STD it is important to notify all of your past sexual partners. This may seem like an extremely difficult task, but it could save their life. Someone you had sex with gave you this disease and they need to start treatment immediately. If you are a woman it is important that you do not douche prior to your medical exam. This could spread the diseased cells up into your fallopian tubes and uterus and cause complications such as Pelvic Inflammatory Disease.
If you are requesting STD testing, you can help your doctor by preparing a list of items for their review. If the infection is new, you will want to ask your partner if they have any symptoms. You will want to detail out each symptom you and your partner are experiencing which can help narrow down the number of tests your doctor has to perform. You will want to determine an approximate date that you believe you were infected. This can help the doctor determine the appropriate treatment methods for your condition. At the end of your initial exam you should be provided with a number of things from your doctor. These items may include, when you can expect the results from any STD testing, the exact treatments that you will be receiving, and resources for information and counseling to help you deal with your diagnosis. You will also want to know if condoms can be used to protect your partner during sex, or if you need to abstain from all sexual contact and for how long.
Making sure you receive regular STD testing is important for any person that may be at risk. If you receive the proper information and treatment early on, you can help to control the spread of these diseases. Using condoms and being sexually responsible can help you stay free of STD’s.