When you are sexually active, you must use protection which cannot only help against unwanted pregnancy but also help to stop you from contracting STIs (sexually transmitted infections). It is especially vital if you are sexually active with more than one partner and not in a steady relationship with someone. You can catch some STIs without full penetrative sex, so you must be careful when you are getting sexual with a new partner. If you think you may have contracted something before you have sex with anyone else, you will want to get yourself tested.
Get Yourself To See Your Doctor
If you are worried that you have caught an STI from one of your sexual partners, you will want to visit your doctor and have them refer you to the local clinic that can test you. They will keep it anonymous, and when you attend the clinic, they can test you for various STIs that you may have and also offer you treatment for any you may have, which is usually done using antibiotics. Below is what you can expect when you visit the clinic and how they will test you for a range of STIs.
Visiting The Clinic
When you visit the clinic, there is no need to be embarrassed as everyone else will be there for the same reason. Your details will be kept confidential, so you do not have to worry about someone finding out unless you see someone you know when attending the clinic. When it is your turn to e seen, there are a couple of ways you can be tested; you can do this by taking a swab of the penis or vagina, or you can also submit a urine sample. You can diagnose some conditions such as genital warts there and then, but you will have to wait for the results for other STIs.
Getting Your Results
You may need to wait a couple of days for the results of your tests, which can take up to a couple of weeks. However, once you receive the results, you will know whether you have contracted an STI and if you have which one you have. Most conditions you can effectively treat using antibiotics, but the STI you have acquired will dictate what type of antibiotics you will need to take. There are sometimes options of what you can take to treat your STI, and Chlamydia treatment has two options you can use that are both effective and can clear the condition in less than a week.
Once you have successfully treated your STI, you will need to ensure that you are more careful in the future. When you are having sex with a new partner, you will need to ensure you use protection to help prevent you from contracting another STI. Although modern medicine can effectively treat many STIs, there are ones you cannot cure, such as HIV, hepatitis, and genital herpes. Always err on the side of caution, and you can help ensure you do not contract another STI or pass one on to your partner.