Who should be tested for STDs?

There are many misconceptions concerning who should be tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Understanding under what circumstances an individual can catch STDs can help, as knowledge concerning this will aid in prevention. It is also important to educate yourself about the different STDs and what their symptoms are plus how they are actually transmitted. In addition, it is important to note that education concerning STDs does not stop at adolescence but instead should carry on throughout the live of an individual, especially in later years. As advances are made, it is important to reeducate individuals on the different STDs.

Sexually Active Adults

If you are sexually active, it is important to be tested for STDs. In addition, if you move from your current partner to another, or your current partner has been sexually active with other individuals, it is important to have yourself tested and to recommend that he or she be also tested. Your doing this can help prevent the spread of STDs and to help teach awareness of STDs, possibly giving a stronger respect for life and the rights of both you and other individuals.

If you are someone advanced in years but you are sexually active, it is a good idea to have yourself tested for STDs. Just because you are older does not mean you are immune to being infected by STDs. In fact, as the immune system ages, it is far more likely you will catch an STD because your immune system becomes weaker over time. In addition, if you are just becoming sexually active again, you might want to ask your partner to be tested before you are active.

Sexually Active Youth

Adolescents and teenagers should also be tested if they are sexually active. As with the older individuals, just because you are younger it does not mean you can catch STDs. In fact, astonishingly, the number of adolescents and teenagers infected with STDs is quite high despite advances made. The reasons for this vary but include poor sexual education by schools and families who believe that it is not necessary to educate their children thoroughly. Although it may be awkward to discuss with a child or teenager, doing so early can provide them with the ability to defend themselves against STDs.

Another mistake that is commonly made is that if you prevent condoms and other forms of birth control from being circulated it will cut down on the amount of adolescents who become pregnant or infected. In fact, this has been proven to the contrary, and adolescents and teenagers are as likely to engage in sexual practices, as they were if they had condoms and other forms of birth control. However, in this instance, as they did not have protection, the likelihood that they could catch an STD increases.

Medical Workers

In addition, it is important for medical workers to have themselves tested regularly, especially if they are exposed to bodily fluids regularly. This can help protect medical workers. In addition, it will teach medical workers to pass this information on to patients.

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