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?

Living With HPV: How To Take Good Care Of Yourself

HPV is a DNA virus that comes from the papillomavirus family. The term papilloma refers to the wart that results when you are infected with HPV. HPV lives in the body’s epithelial cells. Some of the excellent examples of epithelial cells are the ones found on the surface of the anus, vulva, penis head, mouth and throat.

The virus is mainly spread via sexual contact. You should note that although a condom aids in protecting you from getting the virus, you should ensure that you use the condom properly.

This means that you should ensure that all the skin is covered by the condom before you have sex. You should also ensure that the condom does not break during a sexual act.

You should note that the virus has no cure; therefore, you should take care and ensure that you don’t get the virus.

Some of the best ways of protecting yourself from getting the virus are: through vaccination and using a condom every time you have sex. You should also avoid having sex with more than one partner.

Having the virus does not mean the end for you. Once you know that you have the virus you need to take good care of yourself.

By taking good care of yourself you can easily help your body fight the virus. Some of the best ways of taking good care of yourself are: making healthy choices, visiting a healthcare provider and considering your needs.

Making healthy choices

The best healthy choice that you need to make is to eat a nutritious diet. Here you need to eat foods that are rich in beta-carotene and folic acid. Some of the best beta-carotene foods that you can eat are: tomatoes, collard greens, and squash.

Some of the best foods that contain a lot of folic acid are: whole grains, broccoli, and beans.

You also need to stop smoking. This is because smoking tends to weaken the immune system. Smoking has also been shown to increase ones risk to different cancers such as cervical cancer in women.

Another healthy choice that you should make is to get plenty of sleep every night. It’s recommended that you get at least eight hours of sleep every night. This is because by resting you ensure that your immune system is better equipped to fight HPV.

Visiting your healthcare provider

Health care providers are the ones who have the skills and knowledge to manage your condition; therefore, you should regularly visit them. For example, you should regularly visit your doctor for PAP smear tests.

Genital warts are usually problematic to treat. This means that you can treat them with a number of medications and fail to respond.

This means that you need to make several trips to the doctor so that he/she can take a look at your condition and if the condition is not responding to the prescribed medications he/she can go ahead and prescribe others.

Even after the warts have cleared you need to schedule follow-up visits to the doctor to see if there are any complications. Doctors recommend that you should also perform self-examinations between the doctor visits and if you notice anything wrong you should visit your doctor immediately.

Considering your needs

One great way of taking good care of yourself is considering your condition. For example, if you are pregnant you need to know that you need special medication for your condition.

You also need to know that you need to live a lifestyle that is different from other people who are not pregnant.

You also need to know that if you have low immunity you are prone to more frequent outbreaks; therefore, you need to stay away from situations that might provoke the outbreaks from coming up.