If you are wondering whether you should have yourself tested for any possibility of being diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease (STD), then maybe you should. You must if you want to. Moreover, do not wait for any sign or symptom before having yourself tested. If you have an unprotected sex, then it is best to just take a screening test. It is always better to be safe than sorry. We should never put women’s health care in peril. Take the test if you feel like you need to.
If you have symptoms like genital sores, unusual discharge from the reproductive organs, or itching and even feeling a burning sensation when urinating, then taking that STD test is a must. However, be reminded that there are many forms of STDs that exist without exhibiting symptoms and you could even be carriers of the virus and pass it along without you ever knowing that you actually have the disease. Also, if you ever had unprotected sex, it is best to free your mind from worries and take that STD test. Aside from knowing if you are infected, you could also gain insights on ways to protect yourself during sex in the future.
For every kind of STD, there will be a different form of test. There is not a single test that could be used to detect all forms of STDs. Because of this, your health care provider would then ask you a series of questions to determine which test you might need. Some of the questions to be asked are about your sexual practices, symptoms you currently experience and those you had before, your medical history most especially if you have had an STD in the past, over-the-counter meds that you used to treat your symptoms, the sexual health of your sex partner, your drug allergies, and if you are pregnant in case you are a woman. The most important thing about consulting with your doctor is to be honest because from your answers will he be able to determine which test or tests you need to undergo.
HIV/AIDS screening often involves blood testing, oral swab test, and urine test though this one is rarely utilized. Bacterial Vaginosis testing involves pelvic exam and test of vaginal discharge. Chlamydia screening calls for a physical exam, test of discharge from vagina, anus or urethra, test of a vagina or penis, cervix, or anus cell sample, and a urine test. Cytomegalovirus testing requires a blood test. Genital wart screen test involves physical exam. Gonorrhea like some mentioned beforehand involves cell sample testing, discharge testing, and urine test. Both Hepatitis B and Herpes require blood test. Herpes also needs fluid test for a sample taken from herpes sore. HPV screening tests cell samples from the cervix. Sadly, there are no available HPV testing for men. Intestinal parasite screening calls for stool testing and proctoscopy. Molluscum Contagiosum involves physical exam and cell sample test. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease which only affects women calls for pelvic exam, blood test, test of cervical or vaginal discharge, and laparoscopy. Pubic lice requires physical exam but could also be self-diagnosed. Scabies testing require physical exam, cell sample testing, and even biopsy in some cases though it may also be self-diagnosed. Syphillis screening tests the blood and fluid sample from syphilis sore. Trichomoniasis screening involves vaginal or urethral discharge test.