Getting tested regularly for STIs is an excellent way to stay on top of your health and learn about effective prevention and treatment. While some STIs have symptoms, not all are symptomatic. And if left untreated, they can lead to major health implications.
You owe it to yourself to get tested and set yourself up for success. Continue reading to learn more about why undergoing regular testing matters.
Not All STIs Have Symptoms
Some STIs have obvious symptoms, while others have none at all. But even asymptomatic STIs can still be passed to a partner during sexual activity or from a mother to her baby during pregnancy or birth.
Common STI symptoms include:
- Abdominal or pelvic pain
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Painful urination
- Itching or irritation
Regardless of whether you have symptoms, if you engage in sexual activity or have come into contact with bodily fluids, you’ll want to get tested regularly.
Untreated STIs Can Lead to Complications
Typically, STIs can be treated with medication. However, serious complications, such as chronic pelvic pain and infertility, can occur if they aren’t promptly treated.
Another complication that may occur is pelvic inflammatory disease, or PID, which occurs in women. PID is typically caused by chlamydia and/or gonorrhea and can cause issues like infertility and leave scar tissue in the reproductive tract. This is a painful complication that can lead to long-term health problems.
Getting tested regularly for STIs is one way to stay on top of treatment and avoid these issues.
STI Testing Can Be Expensive
Taking advantage of STI testing isn’t just healthy; it’s also a smart way to cut down on extra costs. If you don’t have health insurance, out-of-pocket expenses can add up quickly. You can expect to pay about $50-200 per test at a doctor’s office. Even with insurance, you will still need to pay a $10-30 copay.
Accessing free or even low-cost STI testing ensures that you save money and receive the care you need.
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