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If you think you may have an STD, a quick home test is now at your fingertips. STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) are an infection passed from one person to another through intimate sexual contact. In the USA alone around 19 million new STD infections occur each year. 1 in 2 sexually active young people will get an STD by the age of 25 and not even know it.  Infections can affect men and women of different backgrounds as well as age groups.

Recent statistics have highlighted half of new STDs occur among young people aged between 15 and 24. Women tend to be affected with more health problems resulting from STDs passed on than men which can have a serious effect on their health.

Know more about sexually transmitted diseases. If you’re having unprotected sexual contact with someone who already has STDs, then it is possible to catch one of the following yourself:-

  • Hepatitis C
  • Chlamydia
  • HPV/Genital Warts
  • Herpes
  • Gonorrhea
  • Trichomoniasis

..symptoms can often be mistaken for something else..

Unfortunately you can’t always tell if a person is affected as they have no visible symptoms. STDs are spread during vaginal, anal or oral sex or genital touching. It is possible to get some kind of STD without having intercourse. Each STD can cause its own health problems. If left untreated it could lead to some more serious conditions like cancers, infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease, pregnancy problems, and infection to other parts of the body and organ damage.

What’s more having an STD can also put you at a greater risk of getting HIV. Some sexually transmitted diseases only have mild symptoms or none at all. When they do develop, symptoms can often be mistaken for something else such as a urinary tract or yeast infection. This is why buying an STD home test kit is so important.

An STD home test kit can indicate whether you have:-

  • Hepatitis C – symptoms – loss of appetite, stomach pain, diarrhea, tiredness, muscle aches and skin or whites of the eyes turning yellow.
  • Chlamydia – symptoms – abnormal vaginal discharge, burning when urinating, bleeding between periods, lower back pain, nausea or fever.
  • HPV/Genital Warts – symptoms – visible warts in the genital area as well as the thighs. Tiny, cauliflower shaped growths in the cervix and vagina.
  • Herpes – symptoms – vaginal discharge, muscle aches, fever, pain in the legs, buttocks or genital area. Blisters in the mouth, throat or around the genitals. Pain when urinating.
  • Gonorrhea – symptoms – pain during sex, pain or burning when urinating, heavy bleeding during periods, yellowish or whitish discharge.
  • Trichomoniasis – symptoms – discomfort during sex and when urinating. Itching in the genital area, yellow, green or gray discharge, and lower abdomen pain.

When it comes to getting STDs, prevention is the key. You can lower the risk dramatically from getting a sexually transmitted disease by not having or abstaining from sex. This includes vaginal, oral or anal sex. Having sexual relationships with more than one partner? Get into the practice of using condoms correctly every time you have sex. It’s wise to use condoms for any type of sexual contact even if intercourse doesn’t take place. Get to know more about the risks of STDs and how to avoid them.

STD test kits at Home:-

Buy yourself a home STD test kit If you have had unprotected sex and are worried about sexually transmitted diseases. There are many advantages in using an STD test kit.

  • Home test kits provide a confidential way in finding out whether you have an STD virus.
  • Each kit comes with easy to follow instructions.
  • With some tests once you have taken a urine, blood or saliva sample, you have instant results or can just send it off to the lab in a prepaid envelope.
  • Your STD results will be ready within a couple of days to 20 minutes. Longer than your last sexual encounter...maybe?

 

He Said, She Said....“My STD test results came back, and sure enough, I’m a genius.” Jarod Kintz, Sleepwalking is restercise

STDs

Finding out you have an STD can be devastating and can feel like the end of the world. Do not be afraid, there is a lot of help and many resources for you.  STDs now affect half of the population and are very common. Not only are they preventable but if you do contract a sexual virus, there are treatments to help you. There is no cure for STDs but there are various ways to manage both the physical symptoms and the mental anguish too. You can live a healthy, sexually active life with an STD. It is important that you have all of the right information at your fingertips starting with the below.

Stats on STDS in America: www.ashasexualhealth.org

Vaccines: www.ashasexualhealth.org

Het Help: www.ashasexualhealth.org

HIV Home Test:  www.hometests.com

HIV Plus Mag: www.hivplusmag.com