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Why STD Testing is Important for Women

ARCpoint Labs | Why STD Testing is Important for WomenIf you’re a woman who has never contracted an STD, you might wonder why STD testing is important for you. Even if you’ve only slept with a few trusted partners or one person, you can catch an STD without knowing it — even from something so innocent as receiving a kiss on the cheek. Many people are unaware how easy it is to contract an STD, especially from someone who hasn’t completed STD testing and isn’t aware that they have the STD in the first place.

When you consider that more than 110 million Americans have an STD and an estimated 19 million more are infected per year, STD testing doesn’t seem like an unnecessary step. The likelihood that you know someone who currently has an STD constantly rises.

Still, many women think that STDs can’t or won’t happen to them. Wondering why you should consider STD testing? Here’s why.

STD Testing: Why It’s Necessary for Women

Unknowing Carriers

You might think that STD testing isn’t needed because your sexual partner(s) will let you know if they have or have had an STD. But just because someone has an STD doesn’t mean that they know it — only STD testing will reveal the truth. Many STDs have few symptoms or symptoms that are easily confused with other infections, including:

  • GonorrheaGonorrhea symptoms include pain and burning in urination, yellow or bloody discharge, abdominal pain, or heavy menstrual flow. Without STD testing, symptoms of this STD are often confused with bladder infection.
  • Chlamydia: 3/4 of women who have chlamydia exhibit and experience no symptoms, which is why STD testing is vital. Those who do have symptoms may also confuse them with symptoms of a bladder infection — including abnormal discharge from the vaginal, a burning sensation during urination, and spotting between menstruation.
  • Herpes: Symptoms of this STD, including  sores or rashes on your vagina or back, vaginal discharge, headaches, fever, muscle aches, and pain while urinating, may come and go as the years pass. Still, even when you do not exhibit signs of herpes, the virus remains in your nerve cells and can ultimately increase your risk of contracting HIV — which shows why STD testing is so important.
  • HIV: Research has shown that 21% of people in the US who are infected with HIV haven’t undergone STD testing and are thus undiagnosed. HIV symptoms, such as extreme exhaustion, rapid weight loss, fevers, night swears, diarrhea, coughing, and yeast infections, may not appear for years. This means that HIV-positive people could be unknowingly spreading the disease to others.

With STD testing, you will know if you or your sexual partner(s) have contracted any diseases in the past, which will prevent you from further spreading the infection.

Affects of STDs

STD testing does more than prevent the spread of diseases — it can also help you get treatment more quickly, which can prevent your STD from resulting in a very serious health problem. From infertility to cervical cancer to death, there are many long-term medical affects of STDs that can be avoided with simple STD testing. These affects include:

  • Chlamydia: If chlamydia spreads to your uterus or fallopian tubes, it may cause pelvic inflammatory disease, or PID. This disease is not easily cured and can permanently damage your fallopian tubes and uterus, leading to infertility, chronic pelvic pain, or even fatal ectopic pregnancy. After a positive diagnosis through STD testing, you can treat your chlamydia and prevent these outcomes.
  • Herpes: If you give birth vaginally when you have unknowingly carried the herpes virus, your baby could suffer blindness. STD testing is key when it comes to identifying and treating herpes.
  • Genital HPV: Some strains of HPV are linked to an increased risk of cervical cancer, vulvar cancer, vaginal cancer, and anal cancer, all of which have the potential to be fatal. When you and your partner receive STD testing, you can seek treatment for HPV if necessary.
  • HIV: When you contract HIV, your immune system weakens and makes you prone to contracting infections. HIV can lead to AIDS, a severe and often fatal autoimmune disorder. STD testing will help diagnose your HIV — and though there is currently no known cure for the disease, you can seek treatment to slow its progression.

These are just a few of the conditions that can result from STDs — there are countless other affects that could be treated or avoided by STD testing.

Get STD Testing Today

Ready to take charge of your health? ARCpoint Labs offers comprehensive STD testing at many of its facilities nationwide. Click here to see if STD testing is available at the ARCpoint location near you.

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Watch out Pepto! … A STD Symptom Jingle

Okay, so many of us know the little jingle that comes with Pepto Bismol, right?

Heartburn, Nausea, Indigestion, Upset Stomach, Diarrhea!

So – the thought is that when you experience one of these uncomfortable GI distresses, you head for the bathroom and pop the pink bottle of Pepto.

But what if you’re symptoms aren’t exactly GI-related? What is they’re a little bit more …. uncomfortable.

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Here's a jingle that's just as memorable as Pepto - except for STDs!

Symptoms of STDs

We thought we’d put together a similar jingle of some of the most common STD symptoms. Now don’t be mistaken, these are only a FEW of the MANY symptoms that can come from an STD. Also, many STDs show NO SIGNS at all. So, be on guard for that. However, if you’re having some discomfort and worried that you could have an STD, here’s a start on the common symptoms a sexually transmitted disease brings about. If you have any of these, make sure to find a lab and get tested for an STD right away.

Itching, Burning, Funny Discharge, It Hurts when I go Pee

Spotting, Sores, Rashes, Odor, Sex hurts my Wee Wee

Let us explain…

Itching:  Well you probably get that one. But, itching could be a sign of Chlamydia, Scabies, Herpes, Pubic Lice, among others.

Burning:  Burning when you go pee, have intercourse, or for some gals – even just sitting in a chair. Sometimes burning indicates yeast infection. But not always. Some common STDs that bring burning include Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Trichomoniasis, Chancroid and more.

Funny Discharge:  This can occur for both guys and gals. Some STDs bring about different colors. If you experience this be on the lookout for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Bacterial Vaginosis, among others.

Hurts when I Go Pee: Painful urination can also occur in both buys and gals. Could indicate Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Herpes and more.

Now on to Round Two…

Spotting:  It’s common for women to see spotting in between periods or have menstrual pain if they have an STD. These symptoms certainly don’t mean that an STD is present, but if no other explanation allows, consider being tested for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea for starters.

Sores:  Sores in the “private parts” can indicate Syphilis, Chancroid, Herpes, among others.

Rashes:  Rashes often accompany the itching or burning you may feel. These can sprout up as a result of Syphilis, HIV and Scabies.

Odor:  Shower and it’s still smelly? Make sure you’re tested for these:  Trichomoniasis and Bacterial Vaginosis.

Sex Hurts My Wee Wee:  Chlamydia, Trichomoniasis, Chancroid, Herpes, and others.

Check out this article that lists all of the STDS associated with common symptoms.

Concerned you might have one of these STD symptoms or STD? Get tested for an STD today.

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