Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s) are on the rise across America. Despite the availability of testing, safe sex education, and the availability of treatment for those infected, HIV, gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia rates continue to rise nationwide.
In fact, drug-resistant strains of sexual bacterial infections may become the biggest threat. This is because they affect a broader range of sexually active people and do not have to be transmitted through anal sex and blood like the majority of high-risk HIV infections.
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When it comes to your health, there are few things more important than your sexual health. The intimate bonds that you make in life are difficult to compare with among the other social activities and mundane things we do.
These special relationships help us get to know people beyond their superficial exteriors. We build our lives upon the economic and social aspects of our romantic connections.
While the majority of STD’s may begin as mild infections that are treatable with antibiotics, others (like the curable Hepatitis C virus) can lie dormant in your body for decades while slowly destroying your health. In either case, if left unchecked, they can progress into nightmares.
If we don’t regularly test ourselves when we are sexually active outside of a monogamous relationship, we are foolishly risking our health and the health of our partners.
If you are sexually active, it is in your best interests to get tested regularly for STD’s to nip the progression in the bud. If you are prepared for that next intimate situation to occur, your gateway to pleasure is simplified.
If you were recently tested, and your partner agrees to testing in order to move the relationship beyond mutual masturbation, you have less wait time and worry. You are more likely to have respect throughout the relationship when you show your partner that you are serious about STD’s and won’t risk their health.
In fact, people who give others STD’s and lie that they are clean or were tested are no better than rapists. It can be considered a form of rape to deceive your partners that you are not sexually active and putting their sexual health at risk. It is certainly a crime if you know you have a serious STD and conceal it.
Why Are People Not Getting Tested Often Enough?
People who engage in high-risk behavior often live a lifestyle that exposes them chronically to the risks of infection: transvestites, homosexual men, IV drug addicts, commercial sex workers, fetish sex rings. It takes time for the test results to pass a threshold of near absolute certainty, generally about 3 months for most STD’s.
While people who are at the highest risk in the US are obtaining some help to reduce the odds of contracting HIV by taking pre-exposure prophylaxis HIV treatments, most of the high-risk cases are not taking it.
For the majority of Americans who fall into the moderate risk category because they have sex with strangers, the stigma of testing is often the hurdle. They don’t want to keep going to their doctor and revealing all their personal secrets.
All this information shows up permanently on their medical records. They often need a good excuse to have their doctor order the tests. A general practitioner may be reluctant to provide tests for them every four weeks simply because they change sex partners often.
What is the Solution?
STD Check is the premier solution for Houston area residents to maintain their clean image even if they by chance become infected with an STD. They do not risk the embarrassment and permanent stigma that goes along with an STD.
STD Check destroys all medical records and billing transaction records. Testing is as anonymous as can be. Nothing goes onto your permanent medical record or is reported to an insurance company to deal with the bureaucracy.
When you use the Houston area STD Check service, you only need to take 15 minutes out of your day to give a drop of blood from your fingertip, a urine sample, and/or an oral swab early in the morning. This all depends on what level of screening you desire.
STD Check can even refer you to a doctor for a prescription consultation over the phone if you do happen to test positive. They can prescribe antibiotics and let your life return to normal without having to deal with those awkward social situations of taking the day off work to see your primary health care provider.
Are STD Check Results Reliable?
Yes, when you have the STD testing performed by STD Check, you are dealing directly with the lab. You don’t have to go through a middleman to receive lab-accurate testing results. Because our lab is dedicated solely to STD testing, it is more cost efficient for us to perform the test on small samples without having to draw large volumes of blood.
In fact, STD Check has a large volume of STD testing methods available to ensure that people can have instant peace of mind regarding life-changing diseases like HIV. STD Check offers the RNA viral load test that can detect the actual HIV virus in the body after 10 days, weeks before an immune response even develops.
STD Check also provides the 4th generation HIV test that cross-checks for HIV-related antigens and antibodies simultaneously. STD Check further backs up the accuracy by confirming results with the gold standard Western Blot test.
When it comes to bacterial infections, STD Check has the experience to streamline the screening and find the infections that plague you immediately. STD Check wants to safeguard your health and is committed to accuracy and detection of all bacterial and viral STD’s.
In short, STD Check solves the main problem of STD testing. It allows Houston area residents to receive testing as often as they may desire. By periodically testing and testing before any new relationship is consummated, you greatly reduce the odds of transmitting an STD or suffering severe complications if you do catch one.
If you show this type of care and concern with your partners, you are less likely to have those stressful “Where were you? arguments” that cause someone to worry about cheating and the potential impact on their health.
STD’s Trending in the Houston Area
Although Chlamydia is still the titleholder for the most cases reported in Houston each year (13,566 cases in the first six months of 2018), the deadlier Syphilis cases are on the rise in the Houston area. Syphilis is a tricky STD because the symptoms can be very general and go unnoticed.
Although a sore often develops called a chancre, it is painless and may be mistaken for an ingrown hair or a pimple because it disappears after 3-6 weeks. Making matters more confusing, the initial chancre may not manifest for up to 3 months and often appears only after 3 weeks have passed.
The chancre may appear anywhere on your private parts. It can even be hidden deep within the interior of the vagina. The chancre sores are extremely infectious despite their subtlety. You typically have only one at the spot where the infection entered your body but may have many.
Although there are no symptoms at this point, other than a chancre sore, in most cases, the infection will progress to stage two without proper antibiotic treatment. The sooner it is detected and treated, the better your prognosis.
Stage-Two Syphilis Symptoms
- Mild rash on palms or soles of feet
- Mild flu-like symptoms
- Anal, oral, or vaginal sores
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Low-grade fever
- Sore throat
- Weight loss
- Hair loss
- Muscle aches
These symptoms may come and go over a period that lasts as long as 2 years. Each outbreak may last anywhere between 2 and 6 weeks. You may have one outbreak or several. The symptomatology may morph and exhibit different symptoms at different times.
If you let Syphilis progress into the final phase, you are at grave risk of suffering permanent irreversible damage even if you do take an antibiotic treatment and cure the bacterial infection.
Final Phase of Syphilis Symptoms
- Brain damage
- Organ damage
- Nerve damage
The other popular STD’s like Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are responsible for the dreaded infertility problems and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) that kills and debilitates women.
STD Check is your one-stop-shop solution for fast, accurate, safe, and anonymous testing. Protect your health and end the stress of worrying about STD’s by getting tested with STD Check regularly. Show your prospective partner that you are serious about sexual health by getting tested before you have sex.