Not every STD is symptomatic; you may have one without realizing it. If you’re sexually active, you should seek regular STD testing. This service is crucial for early detection, treatment, and prevention.
STD testing can be expensive, so it’s best to take advantage of free-of-charge options. But why should you consider this for yourself?
1. If you’re pregnant, protect yourself and the baby.
Some women believe that pregnancy shields them from contracting an STD. This isn’t the case. And if you leave an STD untreated, you could pass the disease to your baby through childbirth or pregnancy.
STDs cause significant health implications for babies, including premature birth. And you may suffer pregnancy complications. Be proactive by protecting yourself and your child today.
2. The consequences of untreated STDs can be life-changing.
If you have an STD, you may experience symptoms like sore lymph nodes, abdominal pain, or unusual discharge. However, not all STDs have symptoms. If you forgo testing and thus treatment, you place yourself at serious risk of developing complications.
Some complications, like eye inflammation, may seem minor. But others are more severe, including:
- Heart disease
- Certain cancers (i.e., HPV-associated cervical cancer)
Don’t leave yourself unprotected from these complications. Lack of adequate treatment can create long-term health problems that significantly decrease your quality of life.
3. Arm yourself with the education you need.
When undergoing STD testing, you can ask the medical provider how to prevent future diseases and improve your sexual health. There are more prevention methods than you may realize, including:
- Getting vaccinated against certain diseases (i.e., HPV)
- Staying with one uninfected sexual partner
- Abstaining from illegal drugs or excessive alcohol
- Engaging in open, honest discussions about sexual activity with your partner
While every method can’t guarantee you won’t develop an STD, they significantly lower your risk. You can empower yourself to take charge of your health and protect others. Discussing this subject shouldn’t be a source of shame but courage. You have more control than you believe.
The best way to prevent STDs is to exercise sexual risk avoidance. Stay in a committed, monogamous relationship and abstain from sexual activity when single.
Free-of-Charge, Confidential STD Testing
The Hope Clinic offers STD testing for HIV, gonorrhea, and chlamydia at our locations. This service is provided for women and men, and treatment for positive gonorrhea and chlamydia results is also available.
Take agency over your life today. Contact us to make an appointment.