How to Get Tested for STDs
The most common advice as regards issues surrounding sexually transmitted diseases has always been tests, tests, tests. This can however only be achieved when one knows how to go about it. The necessary help with how to go about getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases would be provided by this article.
Below are the common STDs with their varying modes of getting tested:
Chlamydia: Chlamydia belongs to that class of sexually transmitted diseases which, in most cases, do not show symptoms. A test is, therefore, necessary for one to go through whenever there is the slightest exposure to the disease. This exposure is commonly as a result of unprotected sex with an infected partner. In some circumstances, chlamydia shows symptoms such as painful urination, swelling in the genitals, horrible discharge, or itching. The process of testing is simple. A swab test from the penis or vagina starts the process. Some other times, the physician takes the swab from the anus, urethra or cervix which would also give the accurate results after the tests. Added to this mode is the urine test which may also be necessary for deserving circumstances.
Herpes. Herpes, which could be oral or genital, has its own mode of test before medication is prescribed. A person can be tested for Herpes via a blood test which can give comprehensive details about the disease. A sample of the patient’s sore fluids can also be taken and used for the test for an effective result.
HIV/AIDS. This form of STD which takes some years before even developing visible symptoms like headaches, fever, swollen glands, or even fatigue, can also be tested for. One of the simplest method to test for HIV/AIDS is the RNA blood test which is somewhat expensive and complex. However, it is so powerful it can even detect the virus just days after the infection. Another method is the antibody blood test. If there is the presence of HIV antibody in the patient’s blood, the person is said to be positive or infected. Rarely used are swab tests but they work effectively and can produce desired results.
Gonorrhea. This one poses some similarities with chlamydia as it does not show symptoms in some circumstances – especially in women. The mode of getting tested for gonorrhea includes a sample of discharge taken by the doctor. A swab test from the anus, urethra or vagina might also be used, while some doctors believe a urine test is more convenient and could come in handy for them.
Molluscum Contagiosum. The visible symptoms which include abnormal growth around the genitals or itching would require one to subject him/herself to a test. The test is done with the doctor having a look at the growth with or without the microscope as the case may be.
One could be tested with the above methods which give a direction to the doctor and the hospital on how to proceed with treatment. On the other hand, the tests can be done at home with these simple and very effective methods.
- The use of a Home STD Test Kits. As home test kits for STDs are becoming more popular, affordable, and available, folks around the world are embracing them with joy. These contraptions allow one to get a sample from one’s self and take it to the lab. Some are so effective, the results (positive or negative), can be determined in the house and in an instant. These home test kits can be used for gonorrhea, HIV, chlamydia, and so on.
- Finding symptoms of the sexually transmitted disease. This might be difficult because most of them show no symptoms; however, it is important to check properly so as to be very sure. The symptoms to look out for include; vaginal discharge, menstrual pain, pain during urination, painful sexual intercourse, penile discharge, pain in the testicles and so many others.
- Recognition of the tendency of infection. The sexual behavior of a person can be analyzed to qualify for his or her tendency of infection. A person who is currently having unprotected sex with multiple partners poses a history of STDs. Without regular checks, the fellow has a very high tendency of being infected.
These home methods are more than ways of getting tested for STDs, they help one lead a healthy life. After one has been tested, it is advisable to follow religiously, the prescription of the doctors as this is the gateway to being treated. These treatments which could be common antibiotics or special kinds of treatment are surely the succor to inconvenience and pain being experienced by an infected person.
Final advice: abstain from unprotected sex!