What If I’ve Never Been Tested for STDs?
According to shocking surveys, nearly half of the population has never been tested for STDs. The fertility app called Kindara asked 1,000 women and men about their opinion on ‘safe sex’, after which 44% of men and 30% of women confessed to never have been tested for sexually transmitted diseases.
Basically, people are playing Russian roulette with their sex life and their privates. This is definitely something to think about the next time you are involving yourself in a one-night stand or unprotected sex with someone you do not know well.
When it comes to STDs and people who never got checked, you are basically sleeping with all the partners your partner has slept with. In the case that this number is big for you or your partner, the chances of being infected become extremely high.
Sexual Partners: Men vs. Women
The question of the Number has risen so many times, mostly because of curiosity. However, scientists need this number to establish the risk of STDs, and according to their findings, men have sex with more partners than women. This means that nearly half of men have slept with more than 8 partners, which puts them at much higher risk of being infected.
Furthermore, 9% of the men in the survey said they slept with over 41 partners, which makes the risk incredibly high. And while these numbers raise an eyebrow, imagine our surprise when we found out most of these men have never been even tested!
The Kindara app also found out that people are more likely to reduce the number, rather than increase it when you ask them how many partners they’ve had, especially when you ask women. Therefore, it is no wonder that nearly half of all women said they’d had less than 3 partners, and most of them said they had never had sex with someone before they were emotionally ready.
Now, we know that this number cannot be fully accurate, since most women will hide their one-night stands when surveyed. Still, these statistics highlight the importance of having the STDs conversation with your partner, especially if you are practicing unprotected sex.
STDs Conversations with the Partner
The best way to ask the question is of course, explicitly. If you have formed a close relationship with a partner, the simplest way is to just ask. And when asking – don’t forget to ask what they got tested for and when.
When you start this conversation, make sure that you are ready to answer the questions yourself. If you haven’t been recently tested, be honest. Some countries criminally charge people who lie about their sexual health on purpose.
Should You Get Tested and When?
In the majority of cases, STDs have no symptoms. Therefore, testing remains the best and only way to know for sure if you are infected. And you are not only getting tested to protect yourself, but also to protect your sexual partners and stay informed on your health. A diagnosis can alert you to the infection soon in the process, and allow you to treat it fast and without any complications. Untreated STDs often result in long-term or permanent effects, such as infertility and even cancer.
The answer is simple – you should get tested if you feel the symptoms and if you don’t.
Experiencing STD Symptoms
If you had unprotected sex and notice any of the common STD symptoms, talk to a doctor and get tested immediately. These symptoms can go away and come back, but this does not indicate that the infection is gone from your body. In most cases, the symptoms are very mild and they do not even bother the infected person.
Some of the most common symptoms of STDs you should pay attention to are:
- Strange discharge from the penis or vagina
- Bumps and sores around the genitals, butt cheeks and thighs
- Burning sensation when you pee
- Pain, itching, swelling or irritation in the penis, vulva, anus or vagina
- Flu-like symptoms that include body aches, tiredness, fever and swollen glands
The trick here is that every one of these symptoms can be mistaken with another disease or infection. Therefore, when you experience these symptoms, get tested immediately to make sure you are not infected.
Even if you do not experience the symptoms, get tested immediately if you think you may have been infected. This means you should get tested in case you have unprotected sex with a new partner, have different sexual partners, change your partner, etc.
Should You Get Tested if You Do Not Have Symptoms?
You cannot really tell if you have an STD by experiencing symptoms, and in most cases, you won’t be experiencing anything. Most of the time, sexually transmitted diseases do not show the symptoms until it is late. Therefeore, it is extra important to get tested even if you do not think you have the disease.
Regular STD testing should show if you are infected or not. This means that everyone should get tested at least twice every year, and even more if they are sexually active or have more than one sexual partner.
Getting an STD screening test means that you allow the doctor to look for an infection. Fortunately, these tests are neither invasive, nor painful. Basically, they depend on the STD being tested.
Most tests will require a blood or urine sample, or even a swab of the area that might be infected. For example, if a person has a sore and wants to know the cause, the doctor will use a swab to identify if the cause is a virus or bacteria. In addition to this, there are also the rapid tests you can use at your home, with results available in approximately 20 minutes. At this point, there is such test for HIV.
Now that you know the importance of getting tested, rush to your doctor’s office and require an STD screening. If you are one of the people who never got tested, you must change this as soon as possible.