Getting tested can very well be one of the scariest things to go through. I honestly think most people are afraid to get tested because of the outcome. The anxiety of having to explain to their partner(s) that they have a STD can be crippling.
STD translates to sexually transmitted disease and can be transmitted through sexual acts such as oral, anal, and penetrative sex. Most STD/STI are treatable. You should get tested before having sex with a new partner, if you or your partner has more than one partner, or to simply know your status.
The most common STD/STI there are:
In order to get a more worldly view, I went to my social media and asked my followers the following questions:
Do you get tested?
How often do you get tested?
Once a year 44.1%
Twice a year 32.4%
Three times a year 11.8%
Four times or more 11.8%
Why don't you get tested?
I don't want to know 0%
I never done it before 20%
I trust my partner(s) 80%
Does cost prevent you from getting tested?
Do you ask your partner(s) when the last time they got tested?
Starting the conversation or asking about testing doesn’t have to be as hard or uncomfortable as people make it to be. It can be as simple as asking or you can get creative. Make a date out of it with your partner and plan for a picnic or ice cream visit after. Call up your friends and you all go and support each other. Then follow up with any treatments, further testing, or regularly testing to be sure you’re good to go.
Getting tested is something that should be done by everyone. No matter the amount of partners, how often you have sex, or where you do it. There isn’t a person on this planet that’s going to care more about you than you. STD/STIs are becoming more and more common and we can eliminate that! I promise the risk of not knowing is a lot higher than the risk of knowing.
Now, I wouldn’t dream of telling you to eliminate sex from your regularly scheduled program. But I will urge you to be cautious. Use contraceptives and ALWAYS have consent. Most importantly stay safe!
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