The Advantages of STD Testing
The latest scientific studies demonstrate that there are around 19 million new cases of STIs every year, half of them among 15-24-year-olds, and that 65 million Americans have at least one viral STI, normally genital herpes. A good number of STDs are treatable which means that the earlier they are determined, the earlier you can get treated and the less serious they will become. Some STDs are also symptomless — that is, you could have one right now and not even be aware of it. STD testing is safe and simple. Getting tested safeguards your health, and can even save your life. Getting tested should be one of your major priorities. Here are some of the most important benefits of STD testing.
The Process is Private
The process of STD testing is quick and the results are kept confidential. This makes it quick and embarrassment free to get the data you require to make an informed decision. Moreover, the process is convenient, since all you need to do is book your test online and visit the appropriate testing center during office hours. The results are fast and can be even be delivered online or over the phone. Your personal data is secured under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) – the same privacy laws that all physicians in the United States must comply with.
Prevent the Circulation of Infection
Many health care providers tell you to have a routine screening test for certain STIs if you have a high risk for infection. For instance, you are at high risk if you are younger than 25 and sexually active, or if you have had more than one partner in the previous year. Several STI tests are advisable for pregnant women whether or not they have a high risk for infection.
Some STIs don’t bring about symptoms, or they can bring about symptoms that go away. Consequently, unless you get a test, you may not realize that you have an STI. STI testing can help detect an infection early. If you already cognizant of the fact that you have an infection, you can get treated and prevent circulating the infection to others. While untreated, several STIs can lead to more severe problems. For example, if a woman has an STI when she gives birth, her newborn may have the disease.
Obtain Early Treatment
Every kind of STD testing is safe. This signifies that they will not bring about any risks or complications. Nonetheless, there is a likelihood of false-positive or false-negative results. If a test generates positive results, the doctor will recommend further tests to verify those results before discussing a treatment plan.
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