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The Importance of Regular STD Screening

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Let’s face it, sex is woven into the very fabric of the human experience. We use it to procreate, to express love and art, or just to pass the time. No matter the reason, people will always find a reason to have sex. 

However, like with all good things, it needs to be regulated and balanced. When it comes to sex, protection and screening are keys to a healthy, fulfilling experience. Yet, too few people actually partake in regular screenings, which poses the danger and spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

In this article, we’ll discuss all the reasons why having regular STD screenings is one of the best things you can do for you and your partner’s health. 

The Reality Of STDs 

When most people think of STDs, they may think of exaggerated, very uncomfortable symptoms. Sores, bumps, burning, and itching are all actual symptoms that you may notice, but most of the time there are no noticeable symptoms.  In fact, some of the most common STDs often have no symptoms until they have spread and caused more damage. Below are just a few of the STDs contracted every year that can arise with no symptoms whatsoever:

  • Human papillomavirus
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Herpes
  • Trichomoniasis

In case you hadn’t noticed, those are some pretty big STDs. Many of these STDs are associated with burning or itching, but nonetheless, it still remains possible that you and your partner won’t feel anything, much less detect anything.

The only way to know that you have an STD in many cases is to get tested. Otherwise, you could infect a partner and be none the wiser. 

Anyone Can Contract an STD

Just because you or your partner may have never had sex before, this doesn’t diminish the very possibility of a sexually transmissible disease. A number of STDs can be spread by the simple act of skin-to-skin contact. Other sexually transmissible conditions, such as oral herpes, may even be passed via casual affection between family members. A fair amount of people with cold sores contract them from their relatives during childhood, but those cold sores can then be spread through oral sex. 

It’s Never Too Late to Play it Safe

Some people do not bother getting tested for STDs when they’re in a relationship, whether they’ve had unprotected or protected sex, and some can be quick to assume that if they were going to get an STD, they’d have it already. It’s never too late to get tested for an STD or to start having safer sex. STDs are not guaranteed to be transmitted every time an infected person has sex, but you can never be too safe when it comes to your health. 

Worrying Can be Scarier than Knowing 

There’s no doubt the fact that being diagnosed with an STD is far from fun. However, even less fun than knowing you have an STD. Many people who have avoided STD for years back to back find that it’s actually a relief to know for certain what is going on in their bodies. Once a person knows whether or not they do have an STD, they can do something about it. In addition, certain STDs, like HIV are much more manageable when they are caught early on. Scientists have begun to gather evidence that, when HIV treatment is started early enough, it’s even possible to achieve a functional cure.

Consider Yours and Your Sexual Partner’s Wellbeing

One of the best reasons to get tested for STDs is that doing so helps lead you to have open, honest, and accurate conversations with your sexual partner regarding STD risk and safe sex. Unless you have both paid a doctor’s visit and asked for STD testing, there’s no way to know for sure whether you have any infections that you’ll want to disclose to each other. 

While it’s a good idea to play it safe even in low-risk situations, it’s also really nice to be able to make informed choices regarding your sexual health. You can’t determine whether someone has an STD simply just by looking at them or based on what they do. Testing will always be far more accurate than guesswork or assumptions. 

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