Avoid being a statistic, know STD symptoms and get tested for STDs regularly with private STD testing
Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and love is everywhere.
Unfortunately, love isn’t the only thing going around. The Centers for Disease Control reported late last year that cases of sexually-transmitted diseases were on the rise in the United States. Reported cases of the most infectious type of syphilis have jumped 15% since 2013 while cases of gonorrhea have increased 5% to 110 people in every 100,000.
Yeah, I know it’s a crap way to welcome Cupid’s big day but this post needed to be written.
Benjamin Franklin had syphilis, so did Al Capone. JFK didn’t have syphilis but is there any surprise he had a STD? A long list of celebrities have come out in advertisements admitting they have herpes and other STDs.
Getting an STD is nothing to be ashamed of…not getting tested or treated could ruin your life.
I could bore you with all the clichés around prevention and STD awareness but that never helps. Instead, I wanted to put together this comprehensive post about sexually-transmitted diseases from common symptoms to how to get tested privately and quickly.
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What are Some Common Symptoms of STDs?
I’m not going to try scaring you into prevention or treatment of STDs by showing some of the nasty images of people with sexually-transmitted diseases. It’s enough to make you lose your lunch and become celibate.
There are some common symptoms of STDs that you need to watch for and get treated. Some of the most common STDs share symptoms so you should get tested for multiple STDs if you have any of these.
- Swollen, red eyes and pink-eye
- Rashes on the palms and feet
- Swollen joints and throat
- Persistent flu symptoms
- Pain or burning sensation when you urinate or ejaculate
- Rashes, bumps or blisters around the genitals
- Itching around the genitals
These are just some of the most common STD symptoms for both men and women. Each sex also suffers from a range of specific symptoms. The problem with treatment and prevention is that many of these symptoms wouldn’t make you think of STDs and a lot of people avoid getting tested.
The problem in stopping and preventing STDs is that many people carry an infection without even knowing it. Symptoms can be very light or not show for years until a breakout and serious health issues.
What Happens if an STD is not Treated?
Even when there are no symptoms of an STD, going without treatment can cause health problems. Infertility, damage to the sex organs, blindness and even death have been the most common problems reported from people that showed no prior symptoms. STDs can cause other major issues with infections of the mouth, throat, eyes and anus as well.
One of the most common excuses for not getting tested for STDs is that many are curable and people figure they can put it off until later. This is disaster waiting to happen.
Many of the curable STDs such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, and minor infections can lead to pelvic inflammaroty disease and infertility. There are other major health problems that can happen from lack of treatment, treatment that is quick and easy for many of the curable STDs.
Having an STD can also increase your risk of getting HIV because the diseases and infections make it easier for the HIV virus to enter your body and take hold.
If that’s not bad enough, some of the problems from not getting tested and treating specific STDs is even worse.
Problems from not treating Chlamydia
Chlamydia is the most common STD in the U.S. with more than a million new cases a year. The majority of people, 50% of men and 70% of women, report no symptoms which means that Chlamydia is just about everywhere.
Simple antibiotics can cure chlamydia but lack of treatment can lead to lung infections, persistent pink-eye and blindness, pneumonia, infertility, urethritis and miscarriage in women.
Problems from not treating Gonorrhea
The Clap is one of the most easily transferred sexually-transmitted diseases with the disease shared even without penetration. Cases of people getting Gonorrhea from shared towels and sex toys have been reported.
Antibiotics can cure gonorrhea though some types are becoming resistant to treatment. Left untreated, Gonorrhea can cause miscarriages and fallopian scaring in women. In men, Gonorrhea can cause prostate and urethra scarring as well as infertility. Infants that contract the disease suffer from serious joint infections and blindness.
Problems from not treating Herpes
Herpes is the gift that keeps on giving! There is no cure for the herpes virus and it’s one of the most common STDs in America. It’s estimated that one in six people have some form of herpes with 80% not even aware they have it.
Anti-viral drugs can shorten outbreaks and reduce infections. Not treating herpes can lead to the blisters spreading to other parts of the body, increase in outbreaks and major problems fighting off sickness and other diseases.
How to Get Rid of a Sexually-Transmitted Disease
Getting rid of a STD starts with testing, regular testing. You should get tested at least once a year but consider getting tested every few months. Even people that aren’t sexually active or that have just one partner can pick up a STD from other sources…or from their promiscuous partners.
Testing for a sexually-transmitted disease is easier than ever with online testing providers like STDCheck. After filling out forms online, you visit one of over 4,000 testing centers. There is no paperwork or waiting and the people in the office won’t know. You will be given instructions on how to leave a sample and it will get mailed out to the lab.
You get your test results by email within one or two days and advisors are always available at a free 800 number. Doctors are available for a free consultation on all positive results.
Getting rid of a STD depends on the type of disease though there is some overlap in treatment. Most common STD treatments include:
- Oral antibiotics for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia, usually either azithromycin or injections of ceftriaxone or cefixime
- Antiviral drugs like acyclovir or valaciclovir can help minimize outbreaks of herpes while daily medication is usually needed to keep outbreaks from coming back.
- A single antibiotic injection can cure syphilis if it’s given during the early stages within the first year. Longer antibiotic treatments are needed for worse infections but cannot reverse damage that has already been done.
- Antiviral medications can treat or even cure some forms of Hepatitis but HBV and HCV may be life-long diseases.
Where to Get Private STD Testing
STDCheck is the leader in private STD testing with more than 1,000,000 tests performed. Patients go online for all the paperwork and visit a local testing center to leave a sample. It’s the best way to get private and fast STD testing because the people at the testing center do not see your paperwork.
STD testing is fast with no waiting at the testing site and most samples are taken in less than five minutes. All tests are FDA-approved and some same-day STD testing is available for specific diseases.
You can test for specific STDs individually with tests starting from $24 and up to just over $100 for some diseases. Results are reported to only one person – you. Your results are not even reported to insurance or on your medical records.
With many STDs occurring together, especially Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, it makes sense to get tested for multiple diseases at once. STDCheck makes this affordable with their 10-test offer and is the only company that includes a test for Hepatitis A in the package deal.
The 10-test STD panel includes all the most common STDs and all testing locations exceed Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) standards.
Payment for private STD testing is online and confidential. You can pay with money out of your Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) but the company doesn’t accept health insurance to protect patient privacy. After visiting the testing site, your results are emailed within two days.
There are more than 4,000 testing locations in the United States, I found 19 in Manhattan alone. Emailed lab results are easy to read with the test name and negative or positive.
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How to Prevent Getting a Sexually-Transmitted Disease
So we all know that not having sex is the only guaranteed way to prevent getting a STD, though some diseases can be transferred without penetration and you can get Gonorrhea without even having physical contact.
But how likely is it that you are going to stop having sex? If people stopped having sex, we would get rid of most STDs…but we’d also get rid of most people.
The CDC report highlights the risk for young people, between the ages of 15 and 24, which account for almost two-thirds of all reported STD cases. The group is especially at risk of chlamydia and gonorrhea and account for about half of the 20 million new STDs diagnosed each year.
There are other ways you can prevent getting sexually-transmitted diseases, or at least you can reduce the chance of contracting one.
- Condoms are still the best prevention against STDs, even with oral and anal sex
- Take a shower before and after having sex
- Don’t share underwear or towels
- Talk to your partner honestly about past and current sex partners
- Make sure both you and your partner are tested regularly
- Get the Hepatitis B vaccine
Talking about sexually-transmitted diseases is a touchy subject and nobody wants to do it before Valentine’s Day. It’s one of the most important conversations you can have though and private STD testing with STDCheck has made it so easy to stay informed. Less than a hundred dollars and ten minutes can keep you healthy, prevent getting a STD and help you treat your STD.