According to the Center of Disease Control, 15 million cases of sexually transmitted diseases are reported every year. Despite this, many people neglect regular screening for these diseases. Although there are thousands of excuses and reasons, there should be no reason greater than the health and safety of yourself and others. If you or someone you know has neglected testing, there are several factors to consider.
Most people think that regularly visit a physician or gynecologist will keep them from contracting a sexually transmitted disease. Although you may regularly visit a physician or gynecologist is important your overall health, you may not be tested for many common sexually transmitted diseases. Many physicians and gynecologists do not test for sexually transmitted diseases unless you request it. In addition, many diseases such as herpes can go untreated and untested due to patients not exhibiting symptoms. Because most sexually transmitted diseases take weeks, months or years to present themselves, you could have the disease and not know it.
Many people who engage in abstinence forgo testing for sexually transmitted diseases. If you are not having sex then you cannot catch a disease. Although this is logical, it is still best to get tested. You may not be engaging in sexual intercourse, but you may still contract a disease orally or intravenously. For example, if your partner has a sexually transmitted disease such as syphilis, you can contract it if you perform an oral sexual act. If you are unaware you have it, you could pass it onto anyone else you have sexual contact with. Those who use drugs such as heroin may also contract a disease from sharing needles with an infected person.
Even those who are using contraceptives such as condoms and birth control can still contract a sexually transmitted disease. Although condoms are effective in prevent pregnancy and the transfer of diseases, they are not foolproof. Condoms can break, slip off and even expire. As for birth control pills and other contraceptive devices, they are effective at preventing unwanted pregnancy, but they do not prevent sexually transmitted diseases.
Other people believe that a monogamous relationship is grounds for not being tested for sexually transmitted diseases. Although you may be faithful, your partner may not. By having sexual intercourse or contact with him or her, you put yourself at risk.
As you can see, there is no excuse or reason too great to deter you from regular sexually transmitted disease screenings. Although 15 million cases are reported each year, many cases go unreported due to a lack of testing. Despite the danger, there are many things you can do to protect your sexual health as well as your overall health. One thing you can do is being tested for sexually transmitted diseases at least once a year. Always use a condom when having sexual intercourse or refrain from sexual activity. Do not share needles and regularly visit a physician or gynecologist.