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Why are HIV and STD Tests Important?
Why are HIV and STD Tests Important?

Why are HIV and STD Tests Important?

Most people are aware of the different diseases that affect their health, including their symptoms. This makes many people take steps to keep themselves healthy and fit. However, many people know little about sexually transmitted diseases, such as the following;

  • Chlamydia
  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other STDs

Importance of STD testing

STD testing is available in most private GPs and clinics. You can also get STD tests at specific STD clinics that offer private ultrasound scans and specialised tests to check whether you are positive or negative for an STD.

You can’t know for sure if you have an STD or not, except you carry out a test for the STD. STD testing has several benefits. Below are fourreasons why you need an STD test;

Prevention

Preventing STD and other health conditions is cost-effective and save you a lot of stress. With more people getting tested for STDs, preventive measures become more common, and the knowledge about preventive measures would be widespread.

STD preventive measures include wearing condoms and other protective barriers during sexual intercourse, avoiding multiple sex partners, and avoiding sharing needles.

Differential diagnosis

Symptoms of most STDs, including HIV, are similar to other health conditions, such as gastrointestinal issues andthe common cold. Testing for these STDs helps in the proper diagnosis of the STD at an early stage.

For example, people living with HIV have respiratory issues, so they seek treatment from an ENT doctor, which is not the appropriate care they need. If these infected persons know they have HIV, they will not visit an ENT clinic but get tested to receive the right treatment.  

Treatment

STDs usually present several discomforting symptoms. Since there is no definite cure for certain STDs like HIV and herpes, the symptoms are more harmful and life-threatening if left untreated. Testing for these STDs aids early diagnosis, making treatment more effective.

Curb spreading

STD testing is essential in curtailing the spread of these diseases.Most infected persons remain unaware of their status, so they fail to take the necessary preventive measuresto protect others from getting the disease.

STD testing for all sexually active persons has several benefits; ensure you get tested for an STD and encourage othersto get tested. You can call 0203 475 1653 to schedule an appointment for your STD testing or visit Sexual Health Clinic in London today to get tested.

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