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What should I do if I think I've got an STD?


Posted by Be Well

What should I do if I think I've got an STD?
 
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I would go and get tested if you think you might have an std. If you don't want to go to your family doctor then you can go to one of those online sites. There you just sign up and go to a testing facility and they send you the results. That way if you don't have an STD noone other than you has to know about it, and if you do you can then go to your doctor. There are a few good sites out there, I've used prepaidlab.com for some of my blood tests and they've been great, and I've also seen another site stdtesttoday.com they aslo have std tests.

If you think you may have an STD, the first thing you should do is abstain from having sexual contact with your partner until you know for sure that you are safe and you have BOTH been tested.

Many people (men and women) pass an STD to a partner without realizing that they are infected. 

You can go to your own doctor for tests or you can go to a local clinic that may offer their services at a cost that is based upon your income level (such as Planned Parenthood).

If you have been diagnosed with an STD, don't be afraid to reach out and join a support group (either in "real" life, or online) to have your questions answered that may be difficult for you to talk to your doctor about.

STDs are quite common, unfortunately, and there are ways to discuss it with your partner, and future partners, so that you can ensure your relationship is built on trust and honesty.

Great question and a topic that needs to be talked about.

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be passed from one partner to the other during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. The symptoms of a STD can include:

  • an unusual discharge from the vagina, or penis,
  • a burning sensation when urinating,
  • pain during sex, and
  • itching, rashes, or lumps, around the genitals.

Sometimes the symptoms of a STD may not appear until months after you become infected, and some STDs have no symptoms at all. Even without symptoms, an STD may be damaging your reproductive system. You may also be passing it on to your sexual partners.

STD testing is very important

Most STDs are treatable. If you think that you may have a STD, it is very important that you are tested at your doctor's office, or a local STD clinic.

When you go to your doctor's office, or STD clinic to be tested, make sure that you tell your doctor, or nurse practitioner, about the symptoms that you have been experiencing. They may ask you questions about your sexual activity and partners. This is not something to be embarrassed about. Your doctor, or nurse practitioner needs to know this information so that you can be given the most appropriate treatment.

When being tested for a STD, you may have to have a series of tests before you can be given treatment. This is so that your doctor can confirm your diagnosis. If you feel worried or concerned about a test, you may want to bring a friend or a trusted family member with you for support.

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