A recent report from the New Yorker stated that the number of women who are getting tested for Chlamydia is rapidly dropping. Chlamydia, which is the number one sexually transmitted disease is easily spread and has damaging repercussions once contracted. So why are less people getting tested? The answer is simple, they find an excuse that is good enough to make them believe that they don’t need to get tested.
Today we are going to bust some of those excuses and encourage you to inform those around you to drop the excuses and get tested as well!
1. It Won’t Happen to Me.
This is the number one excuse most often used to avoid getting tested for STDs. So many people think that they will never contract an STD. Unless you practice abstinence, the truth of the matter is that one out of every two people will contract an STD by the time they are 25.
The only way to know for sure if you do or do not have an STD is to get tested.
2. I Don’t Have Any Symptoms.
There are some STDs that have delayed symptoms or no symptoms at all. People who contact HIV, for example, may have flu-like symptoms right after contracting and then no symptoms at all.
People also tend to blame symptoms on other factors. Gonorrhea for instance, may produce no symptoms for men and only mild symptoms for women. Many times people mistake mild symptoms for another illness or allergy. Getting tested, even if you don’t have any symptoms is vital in stopping the spread of STDs.
3. Getting Tested is Scary.
The good news is that the majority of all STD testing can be done through a urine sample or a blood sample. If necessary you may get your mouth or throat swabbed. And if you have developed a rash, you may have the rash swabbed to test for infection.
For some women, an exam, similar to a pelvic exam may be done. As stated, though, the majority of testing is done primarily through a urine or blood sample.
4. I’ll Get Tested When I’m More Sexually Active.
If you have ever been sexually active, you need to get tested. It doesn’t matter how few or how many people you have been with, if you have been with only one person, you still are at risk for contracting a sexually transmitted disease.
Avoiding testing because your sexual activity is low, is no excuse.
5. Only Women Can Contract Chlamydia, Right?
Wrong! Men can also contract Chlamydia, but are often not tested for it because they may not show any symptoms of it at all. And regardless of what gender can carry it, getting tested for all STDs is vital when you are sexually active.
If you are a man or woman and are or have been sexually active, you need to get tested for STDs.
The Center for Disease Control actually recommends that women be screened annually for chlamydia. When was the last time you got tested? Stop making excuses and find a STD testing center in your area and get some straight answers. The more aware you are of what you could potentially be carrying, the safer you can be, yourself, and with partners down the road.