The Good, Bad, and Ugly of STD Tests – What You Should Know About STD Testing

I feel that I have to start this article with a statistic that I found on American Journal of Medicine:

“More than half of all people will have an STD/STI at some point in their lifetime.” – American Journal of Medicine, 102(5A), 3-8.

The number one reason why STD can affect half of all people is because they’re often “silent.” Even if you’re infected, there could be no sign or symptoms. Different with what people said, I found that STD can be passed not only through sexual activity. It can be passed through skin contact, needles, or even breastfeeding.

This is why I feel that STD Testing is not only important, but mandatory to all person, especially women. Don’t you think so?

I wrote this article listing my feelings why STD test can be down right ugly. Also, an opinion on what kind of STD test that protects your privacy, money and time.

The UGLY side of STD Testing: Common STD Clinic Test Procedures

a.k.a the “Dreaded Clinic Visit”.

Although the tests are not that bad, a swab here and there, etc. But there’s one thing that I absolutely hate about going to the clinic to test it: the judging stares. Let’s face it STD test is mandatory, a regular thing, but people associate it with low-morale standards. Furthermore, there are these reasons too:

1. Embarrassment.

It’s not exactly comfortable if you stand in front of your doctor/lab technician/etc and say, “I need to get tested for STDs.”

2. It’s expensive.

A package of 7-10 STD test can cost up to $400. Not to mention, you have to consult to a doctor about the results, and that’s another $80-$200 depending on the doctor.

3. It’s a hassle to pick up the reports back to the lab.

And having to endure embarrassment all over again. Life sucks.

It’s no wonder that many people postponed their STD test. I know I feel the same way. There’s got to be another way!

The BAD side of STD Testing: DYI at Home STD Test Kits

a.k.a the “Collect Your Own Sample” STD Test.

There’s a lot of private services offer this at a good, affordable price. And because it’s at home, I feel safe because my privacy is protected. Maybe you think, “so what’s bad about it?” The result is not as accurate.

The only type of home-test that can be applied to STD is urine-based. My doctor said that urine testing, although is very accurate on some type of STDs, can be inaccurate with other type of STDs. Blood test can fill the gap that urine testing can’t do. This is not what I want. I want it to be accurate yet private.

So what’s the best type of STD test?

Is There a Cure For Herpes?

There are several different types of sexually transmitted diseases. In fact, there are almost 25 different types that are just around us. We may never know who are infected or not; and we may never know if the person you are with today is infected or not. Therefore, nobody is safe from infection of the dreadful sexually transmitted diseases.

There are two kinds of STDs; the curable and incurable STDs. The curable kinds are mostly caused by bacteria. Such diseases are Chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis. Theses diseases are curable with dosages of antibiotics. This kind of medication helps in killing the bacteria and permanently removing the infection out of the patient’s system. However, these diseases can still bring great damage to the patient if it is left untreated and ignored. They can cause several health damages such as reproductive health problems, nervous system damage, birth defects and infertility.

On the other hand, incurable diseases are also great life threats to anyone who gets infected with it. Such diseases are genital herpes, HIV and AIDS. These diseases can lead to infertility, heart diseases, brain damage, different types of cancers and even death. These diseases are often caused by virus which will stay inside the patient’s system for life. However, there are medications that may be given to its patients to control the spread of the disease to the other body organs of the patient and to preempt its severity.

Herpes is one of those incurable diseases that deeply affect the patient’s reproductive health. Antiviral medications may be given to avoid further health damage to the patient. Antiviral drugs given people infected with genital herpes the chance to make the manifestations of herpes become less for an extended period of time. At the same time, it also helps minimize the level and degree of the symptoms in instances of break outs. However, using medications for treatment does not necessarily cure away the condition. It is used only to make a patient’s live in a more convenient condition.

A person who suspects of being infected with herpes or any other types of STD should immediately consult a doctor for testing and treatment. It is important to identify the disease before undergoing treatment. Once diagnosed with herpes, treatment may start with a session of about 7 – 10 days of antiviral drugs. This is to reduce the worsening of the said condition. If within the treatment session, the blisters did not heal, then it is time extend the medications.

Sexually transmitted diseases are a serious health matter. It should not be ignored for it can create intense effects to one’s health. STD testing is the best way to know if one is infected with the disease. This is also where treatment starts. Early detection may result to fewer complications. There are several STD testing clinics that can help those who wish to be tested for STD. These private clinics also offer testing for other reproductive health problems, treatment, counseling and screening. STD testing is the best way to detect and confirm one’s medical condition. It is also one way to have treatment right away and give more relief to the patient.

Parasitic STI Called Scabies

There are three kinds of sexually transmitted diseases; the bacterial, viral and parasitic. Bacterial STDs are caused by different bacteria and are usually curable. Some of these bacterial STDs are Chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and trichomoniasis. Antibiotics may be given to infected patients to eliminate the presence of the bacteria in their system.

Viral STDs are caused by viruses and these are usually incurable but can be treated. Examples of these viral STDs are herpes, hepatitis, HIV and AIDS. Antiviral medications are usually given to patients of this type of STDs. These medications may not totally cure the disease but it can control the spread to the other body organs of the patient.

And the third kind of STD is the parasitic caused by parasites. These STDs are usually minor infections. One of these parasitic STDs is the scabies. It is a highly contagious infestation with Sarcoptes scabiei, a tiny, whitish-brown, eight-legged mite that burrows into the skin to lay its eggs. Burrowing, egg-laying, and feces deposition cause severe skin irritation, eruption, and itchy rash. These parasites live for about 30 days. A female parasite of this kind can lay two to three eggs. The eggs may hatch immediately and mature within 10 days. It is most common among people in close contact with others, especially children, mothers, and the elderly in nursing homes. Children under 2 years of age are at highest risk. Scabies infestations can be transmitted through sexual contact making the parasites transfer from one host to another. One may also be infected by contact with contaminated clothing, towels, upholstery, or bedding. Poor hygiene is associated with increased risk for contraction.

Aside from severe itching, Visible symptoms may also show like rashes and bumps between the fingers; inside the wrists, elbows, or knees; in the skin creases of the buttocks and groin; around the navel and nipples, on the feet; and on external genitalia. If scabies is not treated, the itching will intensify and may make the infection be spread to the other body parts of the patient.

The patient him or herself can do some physical examination and check for symptoms in his or her body. He or she may also seek for medical help where physical examination and laboratory testing may be conducted. STD testing may also help in the treatment of scabies. Since STD can detect several STD infections. It may also have treatment for scabies. Local STD testing may include physical examination. This is to check for possible symptoms and signs. There are several STD testing clinics around U.S to further give help to many people who are not aware of what to do regarding STDs. These clinics offer services like testing, screening, treatment and counseling. This is also to stop spreading the disease to other people.

All parasitic STDs are curable but recurrent. In case of re-infection, one may always consult his or her doctor for extension of treatment. Scabies may be treated with some cortisone cream. Topical prescription medications are used to treat scabies infestations, including lotions that contain lindane or crotamiton, which are applied from the neck down.

Dangers Of Not Getting STD Tested

In days past, STD testing was hard to come by and not easily accessible. In this day and age, testing is easier to do and it is also much more private. If you are a sexually active individual then you will want to make sure that you see a specialist because there are many dangers of not getting STD tested. Some of the STDs that are out there not only hinder your day-to-day living but some can even claim your life. Even though you may feel embarrassed about getting tested, it is much better to be embarrassed than to put your life at risk.

STD’s, also known as sexually transmitted diseases, are some of the worst diseases that men and women pick up. Both genders are susceptible to these diseases and so there needs to be action taken on both sides in order to eliminate the transfer of these STDs. Because the population of people under the age of 25 are becoming more sexually active, there are more and more cases in this age group. Many teenagers are coming down with STDs because they are engaging in high risk behaviors by having intercourse with multiple partners. Also, they are not aware of the dangers of not getting STD tested.

Some of the most common STD’s out there include Chlamydia, Syphilis, and also Genital Herpes. While some STD’s are curable, many of them are not and need constant medication and care in order for you to be able to live your normal life. Most STD’s are bacterial in nature and can be treated with the use of antibiotics. However, if you never get tested for these STD’s, you may never get the proper treatment that you need in order to get back to normal.

When talking about the dangers of not getting STD tested, new and unborn children are always at risk. If you have an STD then there may be some severe birth defects and even infant deaths if they haven’t been found and treated before the woman gets pregnant. There might also be miscarriages and other complications when STD’s are involved. Most of these problems can be avoided with proper STD testing.

One thing to remember is that STD testing is a confidential matter and won’t be made public so if you think you might be at risk, go and get yourself tested. Rather than having an overhanging feeling of fear, get yourself checked out so that you can treat the problem and go on living a normal life.