Testing for a sexually transmitted disease (STD) can be an uncomfortable experience for many participants who find themselves in a regretful situation.

While emotions can be running high, it is important to realise that STD testing is a far more common process than many would like to believe, and the benefits of these checks allows for adults to be covered for their health concerns.

For individuals young and old engaging these providers at a local level, there are some commonsense steps that can help to minimise the damage and feel at ease with the process.

 

Don’t Feel Put Out or Impatient

One of the challenges that many individuals face when they undertake STD testing is feeling like they are not in control of the process. From waiting in a sterilised environment and engaging with strangers about a very private and intimate topic to the sheer scheduling and processing necessary with this practice, it is easy to feel put out and impatient. While there are ways and means to remain occupied with reading materials, television access and the use of a mobile, it is important to focus on the benefits that can be found with early care, saving on additional physical pain and financial burden down the road.

 

Stay Hydrated

In a number of cases there will be need to provide a urine sample to execute the STD testing on the day. Needless to say this activity requires a high level of hydration to expedite the process. This can also apply to those having a blood test taken, ensuring they do not feel overly light-headed or ill when they are having this testing done.

 

Stay Fed

A degree of feeling nauseous can be experienced when being a participant of STD testing and they can be exacerbated when this occurs on an empty stomach. Unless advised otherwise by a medical professional, it is important to have a good meal to alleviate those potential symptoms that could be around the corner. This is particularly useful with long waiting times.

 

Know Your Sexual History & Testing Type

There is a myriad of different STD testing that will be carried out by a medical specialist. They will be able to run certain tests based on the gender and age of the individual, but if additional information is provided about the sexual history, this can help to expedite the process. The testing will vary from patient to patient and be heavily dependent on the age, gender and sexual orientation. These tests will span:

  • HIV
  • Pap test
  • Genital herpes
  • Syphilis
  • Hepatitis
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea

Have Support Where Necessary

While there will be a desire to keep STD testing private for many participants, it is still helpful to have a degree of support – either on the day or scheduled close to the testing itself. Whether that is a loved one, a partner or just a friend, having their guidance and presence can help to alleviate the stress and divert attention away to other matters. Some individuals will be open enough to share their experiences and update them on the details while others will simply prefer the distraction.

 

Ignore Outside Voices & Opinions

The public stigmas and shaming around STD testing really counts for zero when it comes to the opinions and voices from the outside. While there is no such issues around other blood tests or medical checkups that are considered routine, there is still something a taboo tag placed on this subject simply because it is involved with sexual health. By consulting with these professional operators and engaging in the tests, adults are able to take back control of their own health and help them to make decisions with their lifestyle or their partners at the time. These are elements that have nothing to do with other parties.