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How STD Testing Has Progressed : What You Need to Know Before You Test

March 8th, 2012 by Michelle, Staff Writer

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When people hear “STD test” they tend to picture an uncomfortable and embarrassing experience. And, in the past, STD testing certainly could be intimidating. However, the good news is that STD testing has greatly progressed in the last decade, and now you can protect your sexual health without having a painful, uncomfortable or embarrassing experience.

Here is what you need to know:

  • In most cases, a simple urine test or blood test is all that is needed and can be performed in order to test for STDs. However, some STDs require a physical exam.
  • An oral exam can be needed in some circumstances. For example, if your doctor suspects you have oral HPV or gonorrhea of the mouth, she might need to examine you orally.
  • If you engage in anal sex, then your doctor might want to collect cells from inside the anus as well. Again, this will be relatively simple and will take just a few minutes.
  • Be aware of timing. If you are a serial monogamist who has only had one or two unprotected encounters in your lifetime, go ahead and test as soon as possible. On the other hand, if you just recently had an unprotected encounter, wait three weeks and then get tested. If you test too soon, the exam might miss something. Then, go back and get tested three months later just to make sure nothing was missed on the first test.
  • Your options for quick, private testing have improved vastly thanks to technology. You can visit www.SexualHealth.com for confidential and quick STD testing, or you can talk to one of our doctors or care advisors at (855.SEX.HEALTH or 855.739.4325).

Remember, sexual health testing no longer has to be invasive or embarrassing. You can receive quick, private testing and discover your sexual health status as soon as possible. The best sex is sex that comes without worry or anxiety, so get tested now so you can go back to enjoying your sex life!

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