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Why It’s Important To Get Tested For STDs

It’s easy to come up with reasons to avoid getting tested for STDs. From not having the time to not having the money to wanting to protect your privacy, some people like to offer up every excuse in the book to put off STD testing or evade the process altogether. On the one hand, it’s understandable for some to be nervous about the notion of STD testing, and it’s also quite possible for people to talk themselves into believing that they somehow won’t ever be affected; but this doesn’t actually mean that it’s okay not to get tested.

Tracey Powell is the founder of getSTDtested.com, an online company dedicated to facilitating STD testing in a manner that is both easy and extremely confidential. As someone who was already tapped-in to the world of healthcare and disease control, Tracey was motivated to start his business when he realized that despite increased public awareness about the spreading and damaging effects of STDs, many people still weren’t taking the necessary steps to get tested. A firm believer in the importance of STD testing, Tracey came up with a process that would enable people to get tested for STDs in a comfortable, non-intrusive fashion.

Part of the idea behind getSTDtested.com was also to educate people about STDs and talk about their symptoms and side effects in an unabashed manner; to facilitate this goal, the getSTDtested.com website is loaded with information about the various diseases for which the company tests. Tracey also believes that if fewer people were afraid to talk about STDs, then fewer people would avoid getting tested. As such, he is taking steps to introduce the topic on social websites and networks in an attempt to remove the stigma that was once – and sometimes still is – associated with STDs.

As part of his philosophy, Tracey believes that most people, on a basic level, understand why it’s important to get tested for STDs. Naturally, if a person doesn’t know that he has an STD, then he can’t be treated for it, nor can he take the necessary steps to avoid giving it to someone else. However, despite the knowledge that STD testing is important, there are plenty of people who don’t realize that it’s okay to not only get tested, but to talk about getting tested. According to Tracey, there are far too many folks out there walking around with the notion that those who are infected or even might be infected with STDs are “bad people” who have actively done something wrong. Those focused on this line of thinking are more likely to avoid the STD testing process despite an underlying awareness about its importance rather than run the risk of being forced to categorize themselves as “evil, infected people.”

There are also some people out there who operate under the assumption that a lack of STD symptoms means that there’s no need for testing. This actually couldn’t be farther from the truth. Some diseases, particularly common ones such as Chlamydia and Herpes, often come with little or no symptoms, and can only be detected via regular STD testing. However, these infections could have serious long-term repercussions if not promptly treated and cured; for example, Chlamydia can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility in women, and herpes can increase risk of HIV infection.

The problem is that since so many people are afraid to talk about STDs, they might not be made aware of such facts, and as a result, might not end up getting the treatment they’ll need to avoid health problems in the long run. Therefore, when Tracey promotes the importance of STD testing, he also likes to emphasize the importance of talking about getting tested. The truth is that being sexually active is normal and this essentially makes STD infection risk normal and expected. Start the process of learning about your own STD risk and taking action with regular, at least annual STD testing.

One Response to “Why It’s Important To Get Tested For STDs”

  • Great article! This really echoes the importance of knowing your STD/HIV status, considering that the CDC estimates approximately 1/4 of people in the United States who are infected with HIV do NOT know they have it.

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