No one likes to go to the doctor for tests, especially for a sexually transmitted disease (STD). That definitely crosses over into the None-of-Your-Business territory. The thing is, there are no home tests for it, so is STD testing really necessary?
In a word, yes. Yes, yes yes!
Women are less likely to get tested for STDs than men are. And, in case you wondered, STDs don’t discriminate. They don’t care who you are, where you live, how old you are, what color your skin is, or if you’re not currently having sex. If you have had sex once, you’re at risk.
Before you say, “That person didn’t look sick,” you should know that is normal. People with STDs look just like you, like your neighbor, your mom, dad, sister, best friend and anyone else you can think of. The near invisibility of STDs contributes to its spread and less overall concern than if it caused a big rash across your face or stomach. It’s much easier to deny something you can’t see.
Here are the top reasons why women put off STD testing.
You’re In Denial: Thinking there is no way possible you could have an STD is only an option if you’ve never, ever had sex. If you have, then snap out of it. Denial is not your friend and can only lead to chronic pain and infertility problems down the road.
You Have No Symptoms: Saying you have no symptoms is great on one hand, because who wants any? On the other hand, it’s like the perfect way for STDs to lie to you—give you a disease but don’t tell you about it. The thing is, it’s possible to have no symptoms and still have an STD. You can look and feel fine while inside nasty bacteria are doing untold damage. It’s better to know for sure and get treatment if you need it!
You’re Embarrassed: Too embarrassed to get tested? Why? Smart people don’t worry what others think and get tested because staying healthy is important to them.
You Don’t Think It’s Important: Some STDs are not a big deal, but others are and can cause you a lot of trouble—if not now, certainly later. Some STDs can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) which can result in chronic abdominal pain and infertility–the CDC says 24,000 women with undiagnosed STDs become infertile each year.
You Don’t Know What to Do: We know things can become confusing. To make it easy for you, follow the CDC’s recommendation and get tested for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. They are the most common, and we can offer you testing for these at Willow Womens Center.
You Don’t Have Insurance: This won’t be a problem for you because we test for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea free of charge.
Make an Appointment
Make an appointment to come into Willow Womens Center today and one of our advocates will determine the need for an STD test! Yes, STD testing really is necessary, but we’ve got you covered and provide the testing for you confidentially and for free. We are committed to making sure women facing an unexpected pregnancy have access to all of the information and resources they need.