STD’s and The Important of Getting Tested
STD’s are passed from person to person through sexual contact. This includes vaginal, oral, and anal sex. STD’s can cause many health problems and some can even lead to lifelong issues or death. Some of the most common are HPV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and HIV. Many STD’s don’t have obvious signs and symptoms, and because of this, it’s very important to get tested regularly if you are sexually active.
There are many places that offer STD testing all over the U.S. Some of the locations in Illinois include InOut Lab in Morton Grove, PlushCare Urgent Care in Chicago, and Planned Parenthood in Chicago, Belleville, Orland Park, and Aurora. If you don’t see a location near you, you can visit governments website for larger list of testing centers.
Many people know the basics of getting and passing on STD’s, but there are many lesser-known facts:
There are many things you can do to lower your risks of contracting an STD. Always use condoms, being a monogamous relationship, getting tested and having your partner get tested, and don’t have sex while intoxicated, and this can raise the risks of a mishap.
Some insurance providers will cover STD testing, but usually only if you have symptoms. But rest assured, there are a lot of locations that provide discounted testing. A very common one is Planned Parenthood, which works on a sliding scale based on your income.
If you want or need to get tested, but don’t think you can afford it; there are many sites that provide testing for a low price with promotional coupons. Some of these include STD Check, STD Test Express, Persona Labs, and My Lab Box.No matter what situation you’re in, financially or otherwise, getting tested is very important for not only your health but the health of your current or future partners.