STD Testing – What You Need To Know
An STD is a sexually transmitted disease whereas an STI is a sexually transmitted infection. Both of them can affect any person at any time, and it is important to know what sort of symptoms to look for so you can take the right preemptive measures.
Your annual checkups at your doctors’ office can include tests for both of these, if you tell your doctor it’s necessary. Some symptoms of STDs include:
- Flu like symptoms such as fever, body aches, and swollen glands
- Abnormal discharge
- Bumps or sore spots in private areas
- Burning when you pee and/or having to pee more than you normally do
These symptoms are a little bit broad, so sometimes it is common to mistake what you think is an STD with a yeast infection, or urinary tract infection. This is why it is vital to be open with your doctor and tell them your symptoms instead of just waiting until it’s too late.
After your first consultation with your doctor, it’s time for the actual test. To make things easier, you can even do at home testing for more privacy and convenience. All there is needed for an STD test is knowing what your symptoms are knowing what your doctor advises you to test for. Some types of testing include urine tests, blood samples, cheek swabs, and physical exams. As mentioned, you could do it at home, or at your doctor’s office, or even by mail for further privacy and discretion.
In terms of how price, STD testing is very affordable. As long as you have health insurance, many insurance plans cover STD testing since it is so necessary to do and health care companies what people taking these precautions. All you have to do is contact your health insurance company and ask if your testing is covered.
What’s most important throughout this process is remember to be honest. If you are affected by a sexually transmitted disease, it is important to know that you are not alone. Many people are constantly affected by these diseases and there’s ways to stop it in its tracks. Be honest with any partner you have, so they know whether they have to get tested as well, and always be truthful with your doctor about symptoms.