Guess what the month of April is??? It’s STD Awareness Month and we all need to get tested! I know you're probably thinking, “I don’t have anything” or, “I don’t feel sick” or, “I’m clean, I take showers.” BUT the truth is that STDs have a variety of different symptoms and you could possibly have one and just not know it.
For instance, while some possible symptom of STDs could include vaginal discharge (women), pressure in the abdomen; testicular pain or discharge in (men), or painful bowel movements, the most common symptom for STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea is NO SYMPTOM AT ALL. If you do have symptoms, you should schedule a doctor's appointment or visit a clinic ASAP.
Everyone who is sexually active should get tested for STDs at least annually. You might need to get tested more often if you have multiple partners or are having sex with a new partner, forgot to use protection, or if your condom broke. Learn how often you should get tested for STDs here.
There’s no harm or danger in getting tested. In fact, the sooner you are aware that you have an infection, the better it is for your health since you can get treated right away and let your partners know they need to get tested and treated also. And if you do test positive, its not the end of the world. It’s just a minor setback that will help you be more aware and responsible with your health. Now, lets all get tested!