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Exposing deadly symptoms of fast-rising cases of Gonorrhea
New trends of the gonorrhea scourge
The United Kingdom's NHS officials say after Chlamydia, gonorrhea is the second the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection. Gonorrhea requires any kind of sex (anal, oral, or vaginal) to transmit. Since more than half of infected people lack symptoms at the early phase, sexually active women are advised to practice gonorrhea testing every time.
You can contract with the 9 STIs
Being faithful is not enough to prevent STIs
Being in a committed relationship where safe sex is practiced is a way to curb the risk of deadly infections. As estimated by the World Health Organization, every year, there are 357 million new cases of sexually transmitted infections.
Taking STD tests
What infected patients should know about?
Sexually active people who prefer unprotected sex are not smart to think of the grave consequences and the lack of curative medications for some infections. To engage in unprotected sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) has dire health implications. More so, patients may need different testing or screening methods to evaluate their STD status. Globally, there are series of doctor-patient privacy laws that apply to STI screening or testing. It is common for adolescents and youth who engage in illicit sex to disclose their specific sexual acts to their health care providers.
1. Screening is different from testing
The clinical laboratory terms of screening and testing are used interchangeably, but they mean different things. When a patient shows symptoms of an infection, the doctor requires a test to determine the exact status of the patient. It is like visiting a doctor with sores on your penis or vagina, which suggests herpes or syphilis. In the absence of symptoms, the doctor can determine what is wrong with the aid of a screening exercise.
2. Get insurance for medical security
Everyone needs some form of security, especially with wellness. With your annual insurance package, STD testing and screening are covered as basic consultation plans. Some insurers also give free screening, and anonymous testing when you subscribe to the medical plans. Simply look out for what works for your situation. There will be no issue of not having enough funds at the instance of any sexually transmitted infections outbreak.
3. Different types of infections determine the test
With the use of a dab of the blood sample or a test tube of the urinary sample might fail to assist your doctor in determining the type of infection in the bloodstream. However, medical experts perform blood screening for syphilis and HIV infections. But Chlamydia, herpes and gonorrhea use either or all of a throat swab, rectal swab and urine screen. For sores on the lips and genital lesions due to unprotected sex, laboratory scientists use a swab test. For patients without any forms of lesions require various testing to determine your STI status.
4. There is little physical input from victims
Before victims of sexually transmitted infections get tested, they don't require a fast from drinks or foods. However, it is advisable that when symptoms are noticed after having sexual intercourse (unprotected), avoid further intercourse to prevent more spread. More so, it's preferable to withhold your urine for at least two hours before the test. This advice is for the laboratory scientist to get the DNA of the STD strains. It is not advisable to pee frequently before the test period, as this will purge the infections DNA build-up from your urethra and make it difficult to get suitable results.
5. Go to the doctor for additional screening
Some sexually transmitted infections are resistant to medications; they are suppressed and occur later. Patients that show up for HIV blood tests is asked to appear for another round of test some weeks after the first test. It is good for patients to be truthful to their doctors about their sexual habits.
6. Expect results without delay after your test
It takes less than 72-hour duration to get STD test results. The strains of infections that are being tested need some time to become cultured. Usually, the test center will ask patients to call a number, or they will reach out once the result is ready.
7. Painful urethra swabs techniques
The use of urethral swabs (shudder) is old test methods. In men, the urethra is the tube that runs from the tip of the penis. A urethra swab is done when infected patients insert a piece of cotton wool in the urethra for analysis. It is a painful method that has been replaced with urine samples.
Survival rates are low for patients with untreated Penile Cancer
Statistics will guide sexually active people
The practice of safe sex, abstinence, and mutual monogamy can curb the risk of penile cancer. Early treatment of penile cancer brings good survival rates. The term testicular cancer is different from but penile cancer - a rare disease that affects men, with 2,300 cases being recorded annually in the United States.
5 STDs with no symptoms
The nature of asymptomatic STIs
The attribute of an infection being asymptomatic makes people engage in sex that spreads sexually transmitted infections. You face and genitalia are the most visible areas of manifestation, and your bikini line may also be a nice place for these infections. The practice of unsafe sex is a high risk for the fast spread of these five STDs without symptoms.