A sexually transmitted disease can cause a range of symptoms in people that can sometimes mask itself as a common medical condition. That’s why it is so important to know how to detect symptoms of STDs, where and how you can get tested and treated, and how preventing them in the first place can be the key to having a healthy and safe sexual life.
STDs that are most common include hepatitis, Chlamydia, syphilis, HIV, herpes, and gonorrhea. These diseases are transmitted through the exchange of bodily fluid or from open sores on an infected person’s skin. Treatment of the disease is generally as easy as a round of antibiotics. However, if you have contracted a viral STD such as HIV, hepatitis, or herpes you will always have the disease but treatment is available.
The question of whether or not to seek testing for STDs is one that looms over the lives of many young adults. Men and women wonder if they need to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases. They wonder if they should request a partner to be tested. Many people just want to learn more about sexually transmitted diseases and STD tests. Because knowledge is power, gaining as much information on this subject as possible can only help one to do more in terms of prevention.
Seeking information regarding sexually transmitted diseases such as herpes or Chlamydia is wise for anyone who is interested in learning how to increase prevention. Men and women who have engaged in intercourse or other sexual acts with another person without protection such as a condom, female condom or other barrier, should talk to a counselor regarding STD tests. Doing so can give the assurance of health and also inform a person and their partner of the best ways they can protect themselves now and in the future.
If testing for STDs is requested, a counselor will ask questions in order to determine which test or tests should be conducted. The questions counselors ask when determining STD tests include information about person’s sexual practices; is a condom used? Are there any symptoms of STDs? Has any medication been used to treat symptoms such as sores? Questions should be answered openly and honestly in order to get proper testing.
Usually people do not see their doctor for an STD test until they see some sort of symptoms that alert them of a possible infection. Even when a sexually transmitted disease has been contracted symptoms can take some time to show up. So if you are ever in doubt as to the history of your partner with whom you have been intimate with, you can call for an STD test. Because symptoms often never show up, a sexually transmitted disease can progress into complications that are quite serious. Therefore the best plan of action is to take measures to prevent an STD infection instead of having to treat an STD.