What STD testing decisions should I make? 

One of the biggest challenges that we have today is making the right decisions, at the right moment. And it is not only today that most people are not able to make the right decisions, even in the past, people lost their lives for lack of information on what is right for them in STD and STI testing.

I am one of those people who take precautions about STD and would want everyone to do the same to salvage the STD situation. I lost my father to an STD infection. Painful as it may, I later learnt that my father would not have lost his life had we made the right decisions.

We didn’t know what was right for us, and perhaps, for him.

While we did not know what was right for us at the moment, I am glad the situation has changed.

I am sure many people have been through the same situation, losing a beloved one for lack of knowledge on what is right for them.

We’d better have this journey together!

 Here is what is right for you about STI Testing 

 Seek STI testing at the right time. 

You should see your doctor or physician as regular as you can to seek STD or STI testing. STD infections have different window periods; you might test negative in the first week and positive in the second week. Have yourself tested frequently.

 Be careful on any signs and symptoms. 

Some people are slow in taking action. The moment you realize any signs or symptoms that could be linked to STD or STI infection, see your physician or a doctor. It is easier to manage the STI infections at early stages that after they develop and cause diverse harm to the body.

Make the decision to seek STD testing as soon as you observe any signs and symptoms.

Know your own results; you and your partner might have different results. 

Some people assume that the STD test results of their sexual partners are the true results they would also get in an STD testing. There are chances that your partners STD status might be different from yours.

Even for HIV/AIDS, there are discordant couples. You and your partner need to seek STD testing for the avoidance of any doubt.

Be true to your physician.

Your physician relies on the information you give him or her in making certain essential decisions. You need to tell your physician all the information on your sexual history and the signs and symptoms that you have experienced over time. Be as accurate you can.

Accept the STD/STI test results. 

Many people have lost their lives because of living in denial. Most STDs and STIs have cures and are treatable. A positive result does not mean the end of the road for you. Equally, a negative result does not show that you are resistant to STD or STI infections.

Seek consistent screening for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea infections

These are infections that are common in women of 25 years and above of age and men who have sex with fellow men. The screening is important because sometimes the infections do not show any signs and symptoms.

While your body might appear to be healthy, there could be chances that your body has some STD or STI infections.

You’ve got the responsibility to go for screening regularly.

Ask your doctor any questions about STD or STI infections

Whenever you are not sure of information or an issue, be free to ask your doctor or physician. The lack of information sometimes occasions the spread of STDs and STIs.

You have a right to seek information from the relevant officers. Seeking information helps you avoid activities, places, or situations that are likely to enhance an increase in the rates of STD or STI infections.

When you fail to ask whatever questions you have, you increase the chances of infection for you and your family.

You’d better save their lives today.