There are multiple ways to test for STDs, including:

  • Physical exam
  • Blood test
  • Urine test
  • Swab test

However, these tests can also be used for other purposes, so make sure that when you are speaking to your doctor that you ask to be tested for STDs. Good communication is key. There are also at home STD test kits which you can use to get tested from the comfort of your home.

Preventing the Spread of STDs

There are several ways individuals can prevent the transmission and spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Through methods like the following, the spread of STD’s is significantly reduced:

  • The use of latex condoms.
  • Monogamy.
  • Abstinence
  • Frequent testing.
  • Avoiding substance abuse and other risky behaviors.

Although STD’s are a major concern among sexually active individuals, most can be treated simply and effectively. Seeking immediate treatment for STD’s and their symptoms is essential as this can stop the spread of disease as well as prevent complications to health and wellness.