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What You Need to Know About STD Tests
There are various kinds of reasons why a person will be contemplating on getting an STD testing. Even doctors and medical professionals have different opinions when it comes to who must be tested for sexually transmitted disease. Generally speaking though, the moment an official recommendation is released, it is mostly based on sexual activity and infection rates, translated into statistics. But on a personal perspective, it still is best to gather your own information and educate yourself, especially if there is reason to believe that you may be prone to getting an STD.
In reality, there’s nothing wrong in trying to learn more about STD testing guidelines and it in fact can provide you very helpful information about the possibility of you getting tested based on certain factors such as your sexual activity.
First of all, if you are an adult or pregnant woman who sees and considers yourself as sexually active, the CDC or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stresses the importance of undergoing HIV test. Fortunately for you, innovations in medical technology have allowed the testing for gonorrhea and chlamydia to use nothing but urine, which means you can now get tested without the fear of invading your privacy. Keep in mind that anyone can simply go to the doctor ask for these tests.
In a study summed up into a surveillance report by the CDC in 2006, it was revealed that people aged 15 to 24 represented 50% of the STD cases during that year, which means that if you belong to this group and consider yourself as sexually active, then you must also subject yourself to STD testing. This is particularly true for the most prevalent diseases related to an active sex life, including that of gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, and chlamydia. Remember though that there’s really no uniform or established standard on how often you should get tested; the best way to figure that out is by evaluating or looking closely at your sexual behavior.
Now you may be asking what if you’re a male who exclusively conducts sexual relationships with women? If you happen to be in this distinction, you should know that doctors don’t really need to test you for all STD types except for HIV. However, there still are cases when you are required to get tested, say for instance when you’re showing symptoms of a specific STD that’s not HIV.
Finally, for men who are involved in a sexual relationship with other men, it is very important to get STD testing, especially for HIV and syphilis. The obvious reason why you need to get tested is because your group has very high rates of contracting both syphilis and HIV among all the groups of sexually active people. But the frequency of your screenings generally depend on the number of partners and how active your sex behavior is.
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