Sex can be a fun and enjoyable experience, as long as you are responsible about it. To be responsible about sex, you need to talk about it openly with your partner, wear protection when needed, and get HIV and STD testing.
Times when you should wear protection when having sex include when you are trying not to get pregnant, when you are in a non-exclusive sexual relationship, and/or when you do not know the other person’s sexual history. Proper forms of STD protection include condoms and dental dams.
If you are thinking to yourself, when should I get tested, we have a few suggestions for you. If you are just starting a new relationship, are about to become sexually active with someone for the first time, and/or have had casual sex with someone, you should get HIV and STD testing. You should also receive STD testing in between these sexual partners if you are experiencing symptoms of STDs.
To further help you know when to get STD testing, we are going to tell you about all the key signs and symptoms of STDs on the human body.
Get ready to know your STD status once and for all!
There are many STDs whose symptoms include warts or sores. Even scabies gives people small red bumps and blisters.
HPV causes cauliflower shaped warts to appear in and around your genitals. Genital herpes also causes small red bumps, blisters, or open sores in and near the genital and anal part of your body. Oral herpes causes a sore to occur near one’s lip.
The primary and secondary stages of syphilis even cause red sore filled rashes to appear on different parts of the body. Because there are so many major sexual diseases that cause sores, bumps, and blisters to occur on the body, STD testing is vital if you notice one or more of these blisters or bumps shortly after being sexually active.
One symptom of many STDs is the feeling of pain. For example, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis can cause you to feel pain when you pee.
Another time when having an STD causes pain is during sex. Chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, and human papillomavirus are all known to cause pain during sex.
Even hepatitis C, which can also be transmitted sexually, causes people to feel pain in one’s abdominal region of the body. Hepatitis C particularly causes pain where the liver is.
Muscle and joint pain are also a symptom of hepatitis C. STDs that infect the reproductive organs, like chlamydia and gonorrhea, also causes pelvic pain.
Temporary flu-like symptoms such as a slight fever, chills, fatigue, achiness, and headaches are often a sign that your body is trying to fight an STD. These flu-like symptoms usually occur days, weeks, or even a few months after a sexual encounter. This is because the initial phases of sexual diseases are usually the most potent.
Thus, your body is fighting harder in the initial phase to get rid of the STD. This also means that your body is more likely to spread the STD to someone else during the initial phase of having a sexual disease.
Some sexual diseases that can cause flu-like symptoms include HIV, hepatitis C, and secondary stage syphilis.
Although there are key signs and symptoms to many STDs, almost all these STDs can occur without signs or symptoms. When an STD has no signs or symptoms, we call it asymptomatic.
Most people tend to contract the asymptomatic form of an STD. Thus, most people who have HIV or an STD do not know they have it. That is why STD testing is so important.
Another reason why STD testing is so important is because leaving an STD untreated can eventually lead to infertility issues, or worse, fatality. STD testing is also important because many of the signs and symptoms of STDs are also signs and symptoms of other illnesses. Thus, many people think they have an STD when they really do not, or vice versa.
Another reason why diagnosing yourself with an STD can be difficult is because you can get some STDs without even having sex. For example, herpes type 1, otherwise known as cold sores, can be given to someone through a kiss. Both herpes type 1 and herpes type 2 can also be transmitted to another person through oral sex.
Other STDs, like hepatitis C and HIV, can be transmitted through the mixing of different individuals’ blood. This all goes to show that you never really know for sure if you have an STD or not until you get tested.
To get tested, ask your gynecologist or general doctor to give you an STD test. When doing so, make sure to tell your doctor that you want both types of herpes and HIV included on your STD test. You need to specify this because doctors no longer automatically include herpes and HIV on STD tests, due to their commonality.
The most comprehensive way to get an STD test is by giving a blood sample. Despite that, you can also get an STD test by swabbing one’s gums, cheeks, or genital area. For some STD tests, you can even urinate in a cup.
If you do not want your STD records shared throughout the medical industry, you can receive confidential STD testing at Planned Parenthood. At Planned Parenthood they give you pamphlets, counseling, and other resources to help you manage your STD if you have one.
If you have an STD, do not panic. It is not the end of the world. Most people today will contract at least one STD in their lifetime. Therefore, you should just focus on taking the proper medications to eliminate or manage your STD.
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