Getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is an essential aspect of taking good care of your sexual health and being a responsible partner. But there are many reasons why you could be avoiding getting it done.
Maybe you’re embarrassed. Or you don’t have enough hours in the day to fit in a visit to the clinic where you have to wait for hours for your number to come up. You might think that there’s no way you could have come into contact with someone who has an STD. No matter your reasons for putting it off, there’s no reason good enough to continue avoiding it.
Keep scrolling for 10 reasons why you should get tested today.
No matter how cautious you are, the chance of catching an STD is always there. They’re far more common than you think, and most ordinary Americans will come into contact with one at some point in their life. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about. They’re a fact of life for anyone who is, or who is planning to be, sexually active. And that’s precisely why getting tested regularly is critical to staying in control of your health.
Recognizing what’s going on with your body is key to maintaining control and protecting your health for the future. And with a full panel STD test, you’ll know what’s going on, be able to get treatment, and even help avoid more serious problems down the line.
You can’t be faulted for thinking getting tested is a long and arduous experience. STD testing doesn’t always get glowing reviews, but thanks to medical advances, you can have a rapid STD test, some won’t even be longer than 15 minutes. And they don’t all involve needles, as you might think. Many of them only involve a mouth swab or require you to urinate in a cup. It couldn’t be easier.
The sooner you get tested, the sooner you’ll have your results. And that means that treatment can start quickly. Many STDs only require a course of antibiotics, and then you’ll be in the all-clear again.
You’ll never be judged by clinic staff. They know that you’re doing the right thing by coming in, getting tested, and getting treated. They’re here to help you, so don’t continue to put it off.
Finding out exactly what’s going on as soon as possible not only means that treatment can get started sooner rather than later, it also means that treatment will be much easier. Leaving an STD untreated can lead to much more severe consequences, like cervical cancer or infertility, down the road. Antibiotics do not so easily treat these consequences.
Even STDs that aren’t wholly curable benefit from early detection. Such as HIV, which is easier and more effective to treat when caught early, and it’s even possible to reach a functional cure.
Anyone might have an STD. And that includes you. Many of them, such as Chlamydia, often don’t have any visible symptoms. So you or your partner could have one and not even be aware of it. You can’t simply look at someone and be able to detect whether they have an STD. STDs can hide in plain sight. That’s why it’s so important for you to get tested regularly.
STDs aren’t reserved for people who have a lot of sex with multiple partners. You can contract one even if it’s your very first time having sex. If you’re embarrassed that you might have caught an STD after your first time, get an appointment online to go to your nearest testing clinic. This is highly confidential; there’s no need to tell anyone if that’s your choice. Then, access your results in as little as 24 hours…online.
You might be in a long-term relationship and think there’s no point getting tested because surely you would have known by now if you’d caught an STD. But because not everyone is symptomatic, you or your partner might have already had an STD without even knowing it.
And you might use condoms every time you have sex, so you assume you can’t catch anything. While using condoms is an excellent practice for safe sex, some STDs (such as pubic lice) can be passed on even when you’re using a condom. It can also be easy to make mistakes when using condoms, so getting tested just in case is good practice.
Getting tested regularly means you respect yourself and your potential partners because it means you don’t want to pass anything on unknowingly. Younger siblings and friends, people who look up to you, will see your safe-sex testing practice and make sure they follow suit. This will result in more people who want to look after their sexual health, which will eventually lead to a reduction in cases.
Getting tested is easy. Especially thanks to rapid STD tests. But you can still feel quite nervous getting it done. Whether you are seeking confidentiality or you just feel overwhelmed, we will help you through every step of the process; from scheduling your in clinic appointment to accessing your results online. And our professional sexual health teams are here to help you, so you never have to feel like you’re doing it alone.
There’s no hiding the fact that getting diagnosed with an STD isn’t fun. But stressing about whether you do or don’t have one because you won’t get tested is even less fun. At least when you have your diagnosis, you can seek treatment quickly and easily. Leave it too long, and the serious consequences of the STD having a further detrimental effect will be much higher and more stressful in the long run.
Regular testing is brilliant, but there are some points in your life where getting tested is imperative. The best time to get tested for an STD is when:
Finding out what’s going on in your body can be a significant relief. And testing is fast and simple, and you can get your STD testing results quickly to have peace of mind in 1-3 business days. So don’t put it off any longer.
Order either online or by phone.We have STD testing centers all over the nation, so you’ll never have to travel far to get tested. If you don’t know what test you need, our professional counselors are on hand to give you great advice. Contact us today (866) 872-1888 and feel your worries disappear!