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What You Need to Know About STD’s and STD Testing

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STD’s, or sexually transmitted diseases, can affect both men and women in serious and sometimes even devastating ways. That’s because you may not even know that you have one or that you’re at risk for one until it’s too late. And from there, an STD can impact your life forever, requiring you to take medications, changing your sex life and even causing infertility.

Of course, it’s not always that dire. There are some STDs that can be cleared up easily with medication and there are some that are manageable even if they can’t be completely eliminated. The most important thing is to make sure that you’re getting the help that you need right away and that you’re aware of a problem as soon as possible.

Finding out about STD’s can be traumatic, but the truth is that you should be getting tested routinely. If you are thinking of having sex with a new partner, or if you have had sex with a new partner, or if you suspect that your partner may not have been faithful, STD testing in Winter Park is extremely important. If you are a recreational drug user it’s also important to get tested as sharing needles could also share an STD or something else. Your best chance of taking care of yourself is knowing what you’re dealing with.

For some, the idea of asking their OB/GYN for STD testing feels embarrassing, but the truth is that it shouldn’t be. You should feel comfortable talking with your doctor about absolutely anything, and that includes your sex life. Not to mention, talking to them about your concerns will allow them to get you the care that you need, which could mitigate or even eliminate the problems that you could face later on. STD testing is a simple process and it could impact the rest of your life.

Once you know that you don’t have an STD you can go on with your life. If you find out that you do have an STD, you can start the treatment process. This might mean taking antibiotics or medications for a short time or for the rest of your life. Your doctor will be able to tell you more about the specifics and just what it’s going to mean for you.

If you’re not sure that you should be tested even if one of the above applies to you, keep an eye on your body. Do you have any kind of discharge, burning during urination, strange rash, or any sort of bumps or sores in and around the genital area? If any of these things apply then you absolutely need to seek out medical care and talk with your OB/GYN about STD testing. These are some serious symptoms that could mean serious problems.

Remember, anyone can get an STD. It doesn’t matter how careful you’ve been in your life. All it takes is one partner for you to become infected. And once you’re infected ignoring it is definitely not going to help. Having an STD does not make you a bad person. It just means that you have a medical condition that needs treatment. You wouldn’t deny yourself treatment for any other medical condition or think badly of yourself for it. So don’t make that mistake here either. Just reach out to get the help you need.