I Think I Have Chlamydia! Getting tested for STDs at home

Unfortunately, sexually transmitted diseases have become quite common in sexually active people. Unhygienic sexual practices and multiple sex partners have added to number of sex related infections. The only way to avoid STDs is to use proper protection and get tested for common genital infections.

Most of the time, testing is the only means to know about an ongoing infection. Most of the people with sex related infections don’t have obvious signs or symptoms. They think that they will get to know about an STD if they ever have one.

However, this is the wrong approach.

Without having any kind of complaint, you can still be infected and it can get worse if you don’t get it treated on time.

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First of all, it should be decided that whether you need to get tested or not. If you have had unprotected sex or you are having a polygamous relationship, yes you do need to have it. Some people want to go for periodic testing just to live on the safe side. The following text is aimed to educate you about cost free and fully confidential ways of getting tested and ensuring a good sexual health.

Is Unsafe Sex the Only way to Get an STD?

As a medical doctor, I have seen people test positive with some kind of sexually transmitted disease even in the absence of some risk factor.

Having sex is not the only way to get infected with this group of infections. When a person is tested for some undiagnosed infection after having a heavy dose of of antibiotics for common bacteria, it can turn out to be herpes or another related STD. I came across a patient with recurrent mouth infections and it happened to be a case of HIV after proper diagnosis. All of these cases are described here to stress on importance of getting tested for STDs.

Testing

Getting tested is simple and takes little time. Every infection has a specific test and there is no single test that can diagnose all the sexually transmitted infections. Common infections include chlamydia, HIV, herpes, syphilis and gonorrhea. The testing recommendations for these infections depend on type of infection and age of patient. Testing for all these infections need you to provide one of the following samples:

Blood sample: Blood will either be taken by syringe or just a few drops by prick. Blood is tested in cases of HIV, Herpes and syphilis.

Urine sample: Urine is used for chlamydia and gonorrhea. You just need to pee in a sterile container.

Discharge or Cotton swab: This is the most efficient way of getting tested for STDs. Many sexual infections result in a specific discharge that can be examined to confirm the disease. Vaginal, anal or oral swabs are used for Chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea.

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Testing at Home

Instead of visiting clinics, an STD home test is a comfortable way to collect samples. Basic 3 STD Home Test, Home Testing for 3 Most Common STDs; Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Trichomonas. LetsGetChecked, 100% Private and Secure | CLIA Accredited Labs, Results in 5 Days STD home testing is rapidly becoming popular, due to its privacy and ease of collecting samples at home. Home based testing has the potential of increasing testing rates as it provides easy access to everyone who doesn’t like to visit health offices. All you need to have is a home testing kit and place your sample on the kit and see the results by yourself. These testing kits have details about procedure as well. Usually two drops of blood, a few drops of urine or discharge is all that is required as sample to put in the testing kit. You can also collect your required sample and send it to a lab for the results.

In almost all research studies, STD home testing was showed to be a well-accepted, cost effective and feasible way of testing as compared to traditional clinic visits. It is a great and hassle-free way to protect against sexually transmitted (usually) infections or STDs.

Better safe than sorry!

References:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3125396/
http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/stdsstis/get-tested/
http://www.mayoclinic.org/std-testing/art-20046019?pg=2

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