STD stands for sexually transmitted diseases. This is a common problem for couples and is easily spread through sexual intercourse. Have you ever talk about STD testing to your partner? Well, I know that most of you will say no. Talking about STD is very awkward and uncomfortable for couples. It is essential to talk about STD testing to your partner for you to ensure the sexual health and safety of each other. As a couple, you should talk about it as early as possible.

For couples who have a relationship for more than a year, it seems that it easy for them to talk about STD testing. However, to some couples, it will still be awkward to speak even if they are in the relationship for long a period. The conversation should not look so formal. Remember you are not on a TV show where you should talk formally. The important thing is you should open up a conversation about STD testing to your partner.

We all know that every person is different. We do not know what would be the reaction of your partner if you open up about STD testing. Always remember to be yourself. If you love each other, you will think about your safety as a couple. If you love your partner, you will stay whatever would be the result. True love is being tested through difficult times.

Take note that if you enter a relationship, you should be mature enough to talk about things like STD testing. It is just a matter of maturity. By opening topics about STD testing, you will be open and honest to your partner.
STD’s come in many forms. Here are several types of STD’s that you can develop:

1. Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is a type of STD that sometimes does not have any symptoms. In some cases, people who have Gonorrhea may experience painful urination and severe vomiting. It is said that cases of Gonorrhea are estimated 820,000 happens annually.

2. Hepatitis A

Symptoms of Hepatitis A could be mild and can be transmitted up to two weeks before the symptom appears. For persons who are planning a trip in the U.S, it is crucial to be tested for Hepatitis A after coming back. It is because Hepatitis A is very prevalent in the U.S.

3. Hepatitis B

In the first 6 months there it Hepatitis does not show any symptom. It can also cause life long health problems to the patient. This type of STD remains untreated for longer than 6 months.

4. Hepatitis C

Similar to Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C do not show any symptom during the first 6 months. The chronic stage is reached after 6 months of infection. It also leads to serious health problems like liver cancer and worst can lead to death.

5. Oral Herpes

Usually, it does not show any symptoms, but if there is any, this may include fever blisters, itching, cols and even burning of the mouth.

6. Chlamydia

Symptoms are not identified, and that’s why this kind of STD remains untreated. It is considered as the most reported bacterial type of STD in the U.S.

7. HIV

Just like another type of STD, HIV does not show any symptoms. It destroys the cells in the human’s immune system. Many people are living with HIV without knowing that they have it. Even the person has it more than a decade, HIV does not show any signs at all.

8. Syphilis

Syphilis is also referred to as “the great imitator.” It is because the symptoms of the disease are completely similar to those other diseases. It is estimated that more than 55,00 of syphilis infection happens yearly.

STD is a very serious problem that a person could have. That is why there is a need for partners to undergo STD tests. STD infections cannot be easily detected so there is a need for STD testing. Take note that STD is not being obtained in the person’s sexual history. People with STD obtained it by being exposed to transmitted harmful bacteria. It can be transmitted during the birth of the baby, sharing a toothbrush and even because of mosquito bites.

Remember that being open to topics like STD testing is ensuring both health safety. It does not necessarily mean that you doubt your partner’s sexual behavior in the past. It is just a matter of being a concern with your health and safety. Its because STD can cause severe health problems if they do not treat it immediately.

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