• Celebrate Sexual Awareness Month And Get Tested

    on Sep 26th, 2018

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are rampant these days. However, most STDs will go unnoticed since they may not show any symptoms especially at the initial stages. If not detected and treated promptly, STDs can lead to fatal health consequences.

During this sexual health awareness month, Rose City Urgent Care & Family Practice experts would wish to draw your attention to the importance of getting tested as the sure way to remain safe and healthy.

But what does sexual wellbeing entail? How can you know you have an STD? What can you do to reduce your sexual risk? And where can you get help? Let’s dive in and explore.

Sexual health

Sexual health should go beyond conventional views of merely preventing unplanned pregnancy or disease. These need to include experiencing intimacy and pleasure when desired and respecting the sexual rights that everyone shares.

Indications of infection

Some people report feeling burning, itching, or pain, yet others have no physical signs. For instance – gonorrhea and chlamydia – often get ignored because of their lack of symptoms. Since some STDs  may not show any symptoms, you can only be sure about your status by getting tested.

When to get tested

Growths and spots might appear like an ingrown hair or an innocuous pimple, but may be an indication of a more recent infection. In most cases, it’s difficult to tell the difference until it's rather late and your symptoms have worsened.

The best and the first line of defense should be routine testing. This gives you full control and is the only way to ensure your sexual wellbeing. In general, it’s advisable that you go for STDs screening at least once a year. However, for the sexually active adults, it is advisable to get tested every three to six months.

Thanks to modern technology, testing has become easier, and you can test in the privacy and comfort of your home. As you can see, there are no more excuses for not keeping your scheduled testing routine. The simple home screening process lets you test yourself from anywhere and at any time.

Get tested for more than HIV

Recently CDC reported that in the U.S., half of the adults aged between 18 and 44 years have never taken tests for any STD beyond HIV. Furthermore, most people only get tested once in their life. These individuals will then incorrectly consider the one-time negative result as a lasting “all-clear” for their general sexual health.

Reduce your sexual risk

Infections that are sexually transmitted are a fact of life, and our sexual wellbeing is frequently under attack. You can reduce your risk by:

Abstinence

Sexual contact is the primary way that STDs are transmitted; therefore practicing abstinence can greatly help.

Practicing safe sex

Safer sex means being well-informed about sexual health and using barriers such as condoms to protect you and your partner from STDs.

Being monogamous

Remaining faithful to one sexual partner significantly lowers your risk of contracting STDs.

Getting tested

Never be ashamed or afraid of screening for STDs. Go with your partner, and get tested before you engage in a sexual relationship.

End the Stigma

The stigma associated with HIV can manifest itself in several ways. In most cases it emanates from fear, lack of knowledge, understanding, and empathy. There are lots of myths out there, and sometimes society is too quick to judge individual irresponsibility and sexual behavior.

The problem with stigma is that it affects not only the victim, but also their families. Furthermore, it may discourage individuals from going for an HIV test to know their status. So always choose your words wisely before you speak.

Final Thought

Anyone can get an STD. Getting tested for STDs no matter your gender identity or sexual orientation is a crucial component of preventive and primary healthcare.

Though most STDs are curable, when an infection is left untreated, it can have dire consequences. It is for this reason that you need to go for regular tests.


What are your plans as we celebrate the sexual health awareness month? For your sexual health questions, comments, and inquiries, you may contact us here or call 503-894-9005 and talk to our specialists at Rose City Urgent Care & Family Practice.

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