The Importance of STD and STI Testing: Know Your Status
STD testing refers to the screening process for detecting the presence of sexually transmitted diseases (aka: STDs) in an individual. This can be done through various methods, including blood tests, urine tests, or swab tests. Tests are available for common STDs, such as Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, HIV, and Herpes.
The testing process helps diagnose an infection; monitor its treatment; and prevent further transmission of the disease.
STD or STI – Which is Correct?
STD (aka: Sexually Transmitted Disease) and STI (aka: Sexually Transmitted Infection) refer to the same thing. Both terms refer to health conditions that are transmitted through sexual contact, such as Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Genital Herpes, Human Papillomavirus (HPV), and others.
The use of either term does not indicate a difference in the type of infection or its severity. In recent years, “STI” has become a more commonly used term. As it acknowledges that a person can be infected with a sexually transmitted pathogen without necessarily exhibiting any symptoms of disease.
The Importance of STD Testing
STD testing is important for several reasons:
- Early detection and treatment: Early detection of STDs allow for prompt treatment, which can prevent complications and long-term health problems. Some STDs, such as Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, can be cured with antibiotics if detected early.
- Protection of partners: Regular STD testing ensures that you are not unknowingly transmitting infections to your sexual partners. This can help to prevent the spread of STDs in the community.
- Prevention of long-term health problems: Some STDs can cause serious long-term health problems if left untreated, including infertility, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, and certain types of cancer. Regular STD testing can help to prevent these problems from developing.
- Peace of mind: Knowing your STD status can give you peace of mind and reduce stress and anxiety about potential infections.
It’s important to remember that many STDs do not cause noticeable symptoms; so it’s possible to have an infection and not know it. Regular STD testing is the best way to ensure that you are not unknowingly transmitting or carrying infections that could harm your health; or the health of others.
When Should You Get Tested?
When to get tested for STDs depends on several factors; including a person’s sexual activity, number of partners, and use of protection. It’s recommended that sexually active individuals get tested at least once a year (or more frequently if they have multiple partners). Additionally, it’s important to get tested after any unprotected sexual contact; or if you suspect that you may have been exposed to an STD.
It’s also important to remember that STDs can be transmitted; even if a person does not have symptoms. Therefore, regular testing is the best way to ensure that you are not carrying or transmitting infections that could harm your health or the health of others.
Appointments at Wellacy Are Available NOW
Visit Wellacy’s (aka: FastLabs’) new South Miami location at 6193 Sunset Dr, South Miami FL 33143 – across the street from South Miami Hospital and close to Larkin Hospital. This new state-of-the-art laboratory offers a FULL menu of laboratory testing and diagnostic options for patients, including a Basic and Expanded STD tests.
Appointments can be made directly on the Wellacy (AKA FastLabs) website, www.wellacy.com. Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are recommended. Call (305) 741-2655 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more!