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What You Need to Know About STD Tests
Different people have different reasons why they contemplate on getting an STD test. As a matter of fact, even doctors can have contrasting opinions about who must be tested for carrying a particular sexually transmitted disease. But generally speaking, whenever an official recommendation is handed out, the decision is usually based on statistics obtained from factors like that of infection rates and sexual activity. But individually, you must make it a point to educate yourself without the need of recommendations, particularly if you believe based on your sexual history that you can in fact be carrying an STD.
The truth is there’s actually nothing wrong in learning the basic STD testing guidelines, and in fact, it’ll help you figure out which specific testing you possibly will undergo based on certain factors such as your sexual life and others.
First of all, if you are an adult or pregnant woman who sees and considers yourself as sexually active, the CDC or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stresses the importance of undergoing HIV test. The good news is unlike before you can now get tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia through your urine, which means that it’s no longer invasive like before. Keep in mind that anyone can simply go to the doctor ask for these tests.
In a study summed up into a surveillance report by the CDC in 2006, it was revealed that people aged 15 to 24 represented 50% of the STD cases during that year, which means that if you belong to this group and consider yourself as sexually active, then you must also subject yourself to STD testing. This is particularly true for the most prevalent diseases related to an active sex life, including that of gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, and chlamydia. Remember though that there’s really no uniform or established standard on how often you should get tested; the best way to figure that out is by evaluating or looking closely at your sexual behavior.
How about men who have sexual relationships with women exclusively? So if you see yourself in this categorization, it is your right to know that most doctors don’t really emphasize testing you for STDs except for HIV. However, there still are cases when you are required to get tested, say for instance when you’re showing symptoms of a specific STD that’s not HIV.
Finally, for men who are involved in a sexual relationship with other men, it is very important to get STD testing, especially for HIV and syphilis. The reason for this is because this particular group has high rates of getting those infections compared to other groups. The frequency or the question of how often you must subject yourself to screenings depends mainly on the number of partners you have.
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