Why You Should Get Tested For STDs

Written By Walter Leonard 2/26/18
Getting Tested for Chlamydia
The best way to find out if you have chlamydia or not is to get tested. In most cases, a urine test is all you need to find out if you have this disease or not. A urine test, (urinalysis and culture) works for both men and women. For this test, you receive a sterile container from the pathologist and you provide a urine sample. The medical laboratory expert observes the urine sample, carries out the relevant test and gives you an accurate result. In cases where an extra test is required, a high vaginal swab (for women) or a semen analysis and culture (for men) may help in the diagnosis of this STD. If the medical expert suspects you have the chlamydia bacterium in your throat or rectum, a throat swab or a culture of your rectum will confirm that you have the infection or dispel the doubts.

Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Other sexually transmitted diseases are gonorrhea, genital warts, genital herpes, syphilis, and HIV-AIDS. These diseases are spread by sexual intercourse so the best form of protection is mutual fidelity and safe sex habits. Using condoms reduces the chances of contracting sexually transmitted diseases but it does not offer 100% protection. The best defense against STDs is abstinence and mutual fidelity.

Final Word

If you suspect you have contracted a sexually transmitted disease, you should not live in denial and you should not carry out any self-medication experiments. Consult a competent medical authority, get tested and get treated. This is the only way to combat sexually transmitted diseases.
YIf you are a sexually active male or female, you should get tested for STDs often to ensure that you do not have any untreated sexually transmitted diseases. Now, some people wait until they have symptoms of STDs before they get tested but this is not a prudent policy because some sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are asymptomatic. This means that it is possible to have certain sexually transmitted diseases without any symptoms of these diseases. This is why it makes sense to get tested regularly if you are sexually active.

Understanding Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Sexually transmitted diseases are sometimes abbreviated to STDs. They are also referred to as sexually transmitted infections (STIs). These infections are usually spread by sexual activities including vaginal, oral and anal sex. Some examples of STDs are gonorrhea, chlamydia, genital herpes HIV-AIDS, and syphilis. Some of these infections have unmistakable symptoms but some present no symptoms at all.

Understanding Chlamydia

Chlamydia is relatively easy to diagnose, treat and cure. For all that, chlamydia is a dangerous sexually transmitted disease because many people with this disease do not have any obvious symptoms until the infection leads to serious damage. A bacteria causes chlamydia and this organism can live in the womb (uterus), throat, rectum, and eyes. In men, the bacterium can live in the rectum and may even get into the male reproductive system (testis). If left untreated, chlamydia can lead to serious complications including infertility in women and pain in the testicles (in men).