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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

FAQs about STD Testing and More...

As mentioned at the beginning of the month, April is National STD Prevention Month.

In honor of this occasion, Planned Parenthood has teamed up with MTV and the Kaiser Family Foundation to promote STD awareness in a campaign called GYT: Get Yourself Talking, Get Yourself Tested. The topic of STDs couldn't be more taboo, so here are some FAQs answered. The more you know about STDs, the easier they are to prevent!

Why should I get tested?

STDs are common, with more than 19 million cases in the US every year. An estimated one in two sexually active young adults will get an STD by the age of 25. Some STDs show no symptoms, therefore, many individuals with an STD are unaware of it. The good news is that STDs are treatable, and many are completely curable. The best news is that all STDs are preventable, with the proper use of contraception is a male or female condom!

Putting off testing is risky, especially for women. Some STDs can result in a higher risk of cancer or death if gone untreated. So ask your health care provider for an STD test today!

Aren't I tested for STDs during my regular doctor check-up?

You can't assume you have been tested for STDs when you have a blood test, urine test, or pap smear. The only way you can be certain you have been completely checked is to ask your health care provider to test you. Be open and honest with your provider, tell him or her about your sexual history, and discuss which STD tests would be most appropriate. Some STDs are very common, and your health care provider might suggest regular testings.

Here are
more FAQs on the GYT website. Give it a look.

And here is the low-down about the most common STDs and their symptoms.

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