If you haven’t encountered it already, the day will come when you will be advising patients to get tested for STDs. But are you safe? There are many STDs that don’t have any noticeable symptoms, or they may have minor symptoms that are often confused as being brought on my something else like a urinary tract infection. Get tested for STDs in California and have some peace of mind so you may go about your day and help other’s with their health care needs.
Although you study and work in the health profession and you have the resources at hand to get tested, most health care workers tend to have intimate testing conducted from an outside source, as they don’t want to give the impression to lab technicians who know them, that they may or may not be burdened with such an affliction. Ordering a test online and going to a lab located outside the sphere of your workplace, will offer total and complete confidentiality. By avoiding labs run by technicians, nurses and doctors who know you, or who may become your future colleagues, you are practicing total discretion.
The process is easy. The order can be conducted online, or over the phone with a nurse. You can get a general test, or test for specific things like Herpes, Chlamydia, or HIV. After your order has been completed you can go to one of many labs located across California. Selecting one outside your area of networking might be best if you are really concerned about having total privacy.
When is the Right Time to Get Tested?
Depending on your age and how sexually active you are, this answer varies. According to the Mayo Clinic, you should get screened annually if you are a sexually active woman under the age of 25, or if you are a woman over the age of 25 and are having sex with a new partner or multiple partners. If you are a man who has sex with other men, you will also want to get tested annually. The article stresses that screening is important, because if you don’t have signs or symptoms, you can be unaware of having certain infections such as Gonorrhea or Chlamydia. The tests are done in multiple ways. You can be screened by providing a urine sample or through a swab inside the penis if you are a man, or from swabbing the cervix if you are a woman.
Some Final Thoughts
Don’t think you are immune to the horrors of STDs just because you train or work in the health care industry and you use protection. Don’t hesitate in getting screened if you meet the criteria for people who need to get annual tests. Having an untreated STD plaguing your body is too important of a thing to risk ignoring. In fact, if you have a healthy active sex life that warrants an annual STD screening, why not treat yourself to a nice annual frozen yoghurt after you leave the lab. Make it a special day.
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