Risk of getting an STD
STDs are sexually transmitted diseases that you can get through sexual activity. However, sex is not the exclusive route of transmission. Some of the most common and well-known STDs are chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, HIV, syphilis, and HPV infection.
STDs are contagious, and people used to refer to them in the past as venereal diseases. There are almost 20 million new cases of STDs in the US every year. The reason why they are so common is that sometimes they are asymptomatic. Besides, people practice more sexual freedom than they did in the past, having more sexual partners in their lives and from a young age. On top of that, condoms are not always part of the sexual act. Although some STDs are curable, others are not. HIV, for example, is incurable, and the person that acquires it has to live with it for a lifetime.
You can get an STD by having oral, vaginal, or anal sex. There is evidence that you can acquire some by kissing only. STDs are because of bacteria, viruses, or parasites. If you leave them untreated, they can lead to severe complications of chronic diseases. The main risk factors that increase your likelihood to acquire a sexually transmitted disease are the following:
- Having multiple sex partners
- Having a partner with an STD
- Having HIV
- Having a partner who has multiple partners
- Having unprotected sex
- Sharing needles for injectable drugs
- Sharing towels or razors
Accurate STD testing with results in a matter of minutes
STD Rapid Screen Test Kits are reliable and accurate self-testing kits for home use. They will provide you with results using simple procedures in just 15 minutes. Test yourself for chlamydia, HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and other common sexually transmitted diseases before it is too late!
All of our STD Home Test Kits have received the ISO 13485 (Medical Device Standard) and Good Manufacturing Practice certifications, which are recognized by the World Health Organization, Food and Drug Administration, USAID, and EU Commission.
No need for laboratory - fast and accurate STD test kits for home use
Our STD Rapid Screen Test Kits provide results on their own. All you have to do is understand how to perform them. You don't have to send your kit to a laboratory to obtain results. All you have to do is read the instructions or watch one of our videos on how to perform each test alone at home. There are many types of STI tests. We use the following:
- Oral or genital swabs
- Whole blood\serum\plasma tests
We recommend that any sexually active individual should have some ready-to-use STD test kits at home, to protect the safety of themselves and the people they love. Sex is part of our culture, but being afraid to test ourselves is no longer one.
What are the symptoms of STDs?
STDs are not always symptomatic, but even if they are, they might present with symptoms way later from the time you got infected. They may affect just your genitals or may target other functions of your body too.
For example, gonorrhea disturbs your genital area while HIV attacks your immune system. Diseases like the latter will present with general and systemic symptoms that may be the result of a lack of immunity or liver dysfunction. Gonorrhea and chlamydia, on the other hand, will initially produce vaginal or penile disturbances, with or without discharge and pain. If left untreated, they might ascend through your genital system, and lead to infertility.
Some STDs may affect your skin, causing skin rashes, while others might even disturb your nervous system, like syphilis. The symptoms with which you will experience an STD depends on many factors. Your immunity or the amount of the pathogen you have in your body plays a very significant role in your symptomatology. To learn more about the symptoms of STDs, press here.
Is it normal to feel stressed?
People get anxious about any tests they perform in their lives. When it comes to health, in particular, individuals tend to get overly stressed. However, these feelings are normal and common for everyone. Being it your first time makes it even more stressful. Most of the time, this feeling of anxiety persists even after undergoing the whole testing procedure. The possibility of the results turning out bad can result in a lot of anticipatory stress.
However, most STDs are curable when diagnosed early. Therefore, assure your STD kit test at home in any case.
How often should you get tested?
Therefore, you might need to get tested again and see whether you're still infected. Good advice is that you can put a personal rule to yourself and get tested every time you switch partners, or before having sex with a new partner. However, the healthiest option is to make the STD testing part of your annual medical routine.
Why should you get tested?
Getting tested as soon as possible increases your chances of having an early diagnosis. Doctors suggest that the earlier the diagnosis, the most effective treatment. Most STDs are treatable. However, even if they aren't, most of them are manageable.
Having an untreated STI for a long time can lead to severe medical and psychological complications. Infertility is one of them. Keep in mind that you can spread an STD even in the absence of symptoms. So get tested now and protect yourself and your loved ones. Order an STD rapid kit test today and have accurate and confidential results immediately.
What if your results are positive?
If you test positive, you should start treatment as soon as possible. Consult your doctor and compromise on the treatment plan. Your partner should get tested too and repeat testing after a while, before starting any treatment. During that period, you should abstain from any sexual activity. After completing your treatment, you should get tested again and see if you got treated.
Skin rash and STDs
Rashes around the genital area are almost always a symptom of an STD. There are also less serious afflictions that cause a rash.
When to use an STD test kit. STDs have various incubation periods, meaning the time between infection, and the moment you get sick.
Many STDs do not give symptoms. It is possible to become infertile from an untreated STD. You must get screened after you had unprotected sex.
Chlamydia can affect the mouth, anus and genitals. The symptoms are similar to gonorrhea and syphilis. Chlamydia ('cloak' in Greek) is asymptomatic in many people.
Is my rash HIV
HIV rash usually appears within the first 2 months of infection. Other flu like syptoms are usually also present. Another symptoms is swollen lymph nodes.
Genital warts are caused by the HPV virus. HPV also causes cancers. It is possible to get vaccinated against HPV. HPV is highly contagious.