STDs Don't Discriminate

STDs are sexually transmitted diseases which include chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis A, B, & C, herpes 1 & 2, HIV, HPV (genital warts), pubic lice (crabs), syphilis, Trichomoniasis, and vaginitis.

These sexually transmitted diseases do not discriminate affecting both young and old regardless of race, religion, financial status, and education level. You could be the CEO of a billion-dollar company, a guy down the street or some big shot in the news. Point is, anyone who is sexually active is at risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases, which makes regular STD testing a very wise choice. 

What is STD testing?

STD testing is a procedure that detects sexually transmitted diseases, and it can be done at your doctor's office, medical lab, and now in the comfort of your very own home. STDs are usually tested using blood, urine, or cell samples. 

The sooner you get tested, the better. Like most diseases, the earlier it is detected, the lesser the complication and the easier it will be to treat. And this can be achieved by watching for symptoms of STDs as follows:

  • General itching around your genital areas and sexual organs
  • A sore throat
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Burning or a painful feeling whenever you urinate
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever, pains that are similar to flu and overall aches
  • Swelling of lymph glands and other unusual infections
  • The need to urinate more
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Sores, blisters, or bumps near your rectum, sexual organs, or your mouth

If you have these symptoms, the right thing to do is to have yourself, and your partner tested for STDs. However, if you're thinking of becoming sexually involved with a new partner, both you and your partner should get tested first. For individuals with more than one sexual partner, STD testing is recommended regularly.

STD testing is extremely important to protect your health and that of your partner and future partners.