STD is probably one of the most feared acronyms in the English language. Today we’re going to talk about STDs and or STI sexually transmitted infections and diseases so as much as the idea of STDs and STI scares everyone and sends people running for the hills.
The number one thing that you should know is that you actually probably know someone who has an STI or STD. There are over 20 million new infections in the United States per year as estimated by the CDC and that number is incredibly conservative that only includes eight common infections.
The World Health Organization says that there are over 30 sexually transmitted infections and diseases so that number that 20 million does not include things like pubic lice, scabies, mollusk, contagiosum and a number of others.
There are quite a few additional infections as well that doesn’t include the infections that are either undiagnosed or undetected because are not aware that they have STD because they don’t have symptoms and being asymptomatic.
Should You get tested for STDs?
Most of the time, STDs have no symptoms. Testing is the only way to know for sure if you have an STD.
So if you’ve had any kind of sexual contact that can spread STDs — like vaginal, anal, or oral sex — talk with a doctor or nurse about getting tested.
If you’ve had sexual contact with another person and notice any signs of an STD, talk to a doctor or nurse about getting tested. STD symptoms can come and go over time, but that doesn’t mean the STD is gone.
It’s common for STD symptoms to be so mild that they don’t bother you, but you should still see a doctor or nurse if you notice anything that feels off.
Different STDs have different symptoms. Some of them are sores or bumps, weird discharge, burning when you pee, itching, pain, irritation and swelling, flu-like symptoms.
All of these symptoms can be caused by things that aren’t STDs. So getting tested is the only way to know for sure what’s going on.
It’s really important to get tested if you think you have an STD, because some STDs can cause serious health problems if you don’t treat them.
Also, having an STD makes you more likely to get other STDs, like HIV. And it’s best to find out right away if you have an STD, so you can avoid giving it to other people.
The idea of getting tested may seem scary, but try to chill out. Most common STDs can be easily cured with medicine.
And STDs that can’t be cured often have treatments to help you with symptoms and to lower your chances of giving the STD to anyone else.
So the sooner you know you have an STD, the faster you can start taking care of yourself and your partner or partners.
You can’t tell if you have an STD just by the way you look or feel — most of the time, people with STDs don’t have any symptoms.
So the only way to know for sure if you (or your partner) have an STD is to get tested.
It’s extra important to get tested if you’ve had unprotected sexual contact, or if you find out your partner has an STD.
A doctor or nurse can tell you whether or not you should be tested for STDs.
If you DO have an STD, it’s best to find out as soon as possible. Some STDs can cause serious damage over time, even if you feel totally fine right now.
STDs can also spread to other people you have sex with, whether or not you have any symptoms.
The best part about getting tested for STDs? Once you get it over with, it can really put your mind at ease.
STD testing is a regular part of being responsible and taking care of yourself. Plus, STD tests can be quick and painless.