Top 5 Reasons People Avoid STD Testing, and Why They’re all BS…

Top 5 Reasons People Avoid STD Testing, and Why They’re all BS…

 

STD TestingWe’ve all heard the alarming statistics about STDs and how nearly one out of every four people has one, yet people refuse to believe that there’s even a slight chance they could be the one out of those four.  Well the truth is, there’s about a 25% chance (simple math) you are in fact part of the STD population and it’s time to stop making excuses and start taking responsibility for your health and the health of those around you.  Many of the most common stds are easily treatable and curable with antibiotics, and nowadays STD testing is easier than ever to find at a cheap and anonymous location.  Many of these services are even offered online.  If you haven’t been tested in the last year for sexually transmitted diseases I can almost guarantee that at least one of the reasons you haven’t is below.  And I’m calling bullshit.

 

1)  I have no symptoms.

This is got to be the most common reason why people feel they don’t need to be tested, or are at risk.   After all western medical thinking has basically taught us to wait until we have symptoms before we begin to think about treatment and how we could have prevented the issue, luckily that thinking is beginning to change with the boom of the health and wellness industry that places emphasis on prevention as the best treatment.  Still while this is an understood excuse for not wanting to be tested for stds, it’s still an excuse and in fact it’s an ignorant one that comes from being uneducated on sexually transmitted  diseases.

Here’s why I call BS on this excuse.  Many of the most common stds have absolutely no symptoms whatsoever.  Read that again.  Diseases like chlamydia (the silent disease), trichomoniasis and even gonorrhea can be completely asymptomatic.  In fact not only can these diseases produce no symptoms, the symptoms they do produce are often mistaken for much less serious conditions because they share symptoms with many common ailments and conditions such as bladder infections.  This is the reason why syphilis is known as the great imitator.  If you do have symptoms and they reside, you’re still infected the infection is just in a dormant stage and will cause long term health complications.

 

2)  I’m monogamous.

STD testingHey here’s a staggering statistic for you, did you know that 100% of divorces start off with marriage?  Of the 50% of people that split up or get a divorce I’m willing to bet that a significant percentage of them were because one or both of the partners were cheating.  Just because you are monogamous doesn’t mean your partner is, trust me just about every person who has been cheated on never thought it could happen to them.  Even if you and your partner are happily monogamous, you could still be infected without symptoms (see #1 reason above) from before you even met your current lover.  If you truly love someone (and you must be if you’re monogamous) and care about them then get tested to ensure you aren’t putting them at serious long term health risks.  Getting cured and knowing your free of disease is a much better choice then not knowing and possibly really hurting the ones you love.  Sexually transmitted diseases are transferable to newborns as well.

 

3)  I’m too old, I’m not at risk.

Look, being old has its perks, you get discounts, you can say what you want and people write it off to you being old and you can often get away with shoplifting, but you’ll get no such free pass when it comes to diseases and infections.  While it’s true that about 80% of all new cases of sexually transmitted diseases are among younger populations including teenagers, STDs do not discriminate against any demographic.  If you are sexually active, especially with multiple partners it doesn’t matter what age you are, where you live, your ethnicity or what kind of car you drive, you’re just as capable as contracting a disease as the next hussy.

 

4)  I don’t have health insurance.

Just stop, this is the lamest excuse of them all.  So you’re telling me if you had symptoms of an std you would just let it ride because you don’t have health insurance?  If you don’t know you’re std free you are at risk for very serious long term health issues, such as infertility, blindness, loss of muscle control and dementia to name a few.  First off there are many free clinics that offer std testing such as planned parenthood and there are a plethora of new services that offer anonymous online std testing that allow you to pay cash and conveniently get your blood drawn at a local lab corp, submit a urine test and get your results online.  I’ve used a service like this and been very impressed with the whole process.

 

5)  I’m too embarrassed to get tested.

Being embarrassed really goes with all the reasons mentioned above but for some this is the sole reason not to get tested, and I call bullshit.  What’s more embarrassing, getting tested for a std or having to tell your partner you’re infected after you’ve been together for five years?  Undoubtedly it is an embarrassing issue to deal with and talk about, you certainly wouldn’t want your co-workers or new found lover to know you’re getting tested for fear that they’ll judge you as not being a clean person, but in reality you should be proud that you are taking action to be sure of your current health status.   If you’re too embarrassed to ask your primary physician for a std test or to go to your local planned parenthood for fear of seeing someone you might know, then utilize one of totally cheap and anonymous online services I’ve mentioned above.  They even offer discounts for couples testing.  You’ll be far more embarrassed and shameful to find out you’ve been living with a disease and infecting others for years than to find out for sure whether you’re infected or not.

 

get tested for stdsEach of the top five reasons above share a common theme, and that theme is fear.  Most of what we do in life is driven by fear, we go to college cause we fear not getting a good job, we get married cause we fear not being alone, we avoid std testing in fear of feeling shameful.  Stop living your life out of fear, take control and make choices based on knowledge instead of fear.  Get tested for the most common stds today and ensure that you and your partners aren’t at risk for serious long term consequences from untreated infections.  I challenge you to get over your BS excuses and get tested today, you’ll free great after you do, you’ll feel proud and you should because it is people like you that take action and responsibility for themselves that make this world a better and safer place.  Use your negative test results as proof to your next sexual partner that you are safe, and be a bit cautious if they can’t produce the same documentation.  For more on std testing, see my review of the top online std testing services.

3 Responses to “Top 5 Reasons People Avoid STD Testing, and Why They’re all BS…”

  1. Rach says:

    Wow, I never realized that you could have an STD and not have any symptoms. That’s pretty scary, thanks, now I have to get tested!! Haha.

  2. vlily says:

    When you have Herpes (HSV-1, HSV-2), HPV (Human Papilloma Virus), HIV/AIDS, or any other STDs, it can make you feel like you are all alone in the world. Do you wish there was a place where you didn’t have to worry about being rejected or discriminated? HerpesMate.??M~ is a warm-hearted and exclusive community for singles and friends with herpes , HPV,HIV/AIDS or any other STDs. Here you can get on with your life and meet new friends, partners or potential spouses, or learn about STD medical information. If you just need to find someone to talk to or offer help or advice, this is the best place.Never feel lonely again!

  3. Benjamin says:

    @Vlily, Thanks for sharing that resource, I’m sure many people feel alone that have incurable STDs. I’m glad there is a resource like this to take advantage of.

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