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The Importance of STD Testing

For sexually active people, STDs can compromise their general health and result in a lifetime long medical issue to deal with. Being tested for STDs is the only way for a person to be sure of their STD status and stop the spread of STDs among any sexual partners they will have.

Identifying the Signs & Symptoms of STDs

STDs often have symptoms that look like other diseases, making it difficult to diagnose if an STD isn’t being specifically tested for. Many STDs are accompanied by flu-like symptoms, such as a sore throat, swollen glands, fever, and muscle aches. Such confusing symptoms can make it easy to mistake a sexually transmitted infection for a cold or flu. Other STDs are completely asymptomatic, meaning they show absolutely no symptoms.

Effects of STDs on Your Health

Most STDs can be treated easily with minimal side effects if detected in a timely manner and not left unchecked. However, other STDs such as syphilis can cause severe complications or even death if not treated. In the situation of incurable viral STDs such as HIV, herpes, and hepatitis, the infections can be managed with medication but will become more life-threatening if left untreated for too long. The possibility of having more than one type of STD at a time makes it even more important to get tested for all of the most common STDs on a regular basis.

When a person thinks about STDs it is important for them to consider a couple of things. First, they should think about their own health and the health of their partners. Testing is just the first step to getting people to address the STD problem. Along with that, an open dialogue between sexual partners needs to be established. Testing will always remain important, but it should also be combined with proper sex education and practice.

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