At SelfCollect, our at-home STD testing kits allow you to take complete control of your intimate health. Sexual transmitted diseases and infections are sensitive and private topics. If you suspect you have been exposed to a sexually transmitted diseases or are experiencing the STD symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection, the first thing you want are clear answers. You want to know, with confidence, whether you are positive or negative for an STD/STI. With that information in hand, you can begin taking next steps.
How to know if you have an STD
SelfCollect’s confidential and highly accurate STD testing kits are the most affordable and accurate method of gaining the important information you need to know about your body without having to make a doctor’s appointment, spend time in a waiting room, and speak with a stranger about your sexual health. With SelfCollect’s anonymous testing services, you can say goodbye to invasive exams, cold hands, embarassing questions and lifeless exam rooms when it comes to getting the peace of mind you deserve regarding you sexual health.
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Many people begin looking into testing after they have been exposed to a potential STD/STI or when they are first experiencing general symptoms. In such cases, they may not be sure which STD they should be testing for. For these instances, we offer female STD panels and male STD panels which each test for a wide range of conditions.
Common STDs/STIs and STD Symptoms
According to the most recent data available from the CDC, an estimated 20 million new sexually transmitted infections occur every year. This accounts for nearly $16 billion in annual health care costs. The CDC collects data on three primary STD’s: chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. In 2016, the CDC reported 1,598,452 cases of chlamydia, 468,514 cases of gonorrhea, and 27, 814 cases of primary and secondary syphilis. Other common STDs include human papillomavirus (HPV) and herpes simplex virus (HSV). Occurrences of these viruses are not routinely reported to the CDC. Estimates report that nearly 79 million American may have been exposed to HPV at some point during their lives. Next, let’s take a closer look at each of the 5 most common STDs/STIs and their symptoms. Symptoms of STD:
Chlamydia is a common bacterial sexually transmitted infection which can be spread through unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Many individuals who have contracted chlamydia will be asymptomatic but will still be capable of infecting others through unprotected sexual contact. This fact increases the importance of regularly screening for chlamydia. Young people who are sexually active are at higher risk for contracting chlamydia.
Chlamydia STD Symptoms
The symptoms of chlamydia in women are abnormal vaginal discharge and a burning sensation when they urinate. In men, common symptoms include discharge from the penis, a burning feeling during urination, and pain and swelling in the testicles.
You can test for chlamydia from the comfort and privacy of your own home with our at home chlamydia test.
As a bacterial infection, chlamydia can be easily treated through antibiotics. This course of treatment is highly effective at curing a chlamydia infection; however, it cannot reverse any physical damage that has already been done. It is extremely important that individuals abstain from any sexual activities until after the treatment has been completed to avoid spreading chlamydia to any sexual partners.
The CDC strongly recommends retesting for chlamydia 3 months after the treatment course has ended to confirm that the infection has been eradicated.
Like chlamydia, gonorrhea is a common bacterial sexually transmitted infection which is spread through unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Additionally, a pregnant woman with gonorrhea can pass the infection to her child during childbirth. If you are sexually active, then you are at risk for gonorrhea.
The CDC recommends annual testing for gonorrhea if you are a sexually active man or woman younger than the age of 25, or if you are a woman older than the age of 25 with new or multiple sexual partners. Also, men who have sex with men should be tested annually for gonorrhea.
Gonorrhea STD Symptoms
Initially, women with gonorrhea often experience symptoms so mild that they are frequently mistaken for a simple vaginal or bladder infection. However, if gonorrhea remains undiagnosed, they are at risk for developing serious complications down the line. The early symptoms of gonorrhea include bleeding between period, heavy vaginal discharge, or pain while urinating.
Many men with gonorrhea are asymptomatic. If they do present with symptoms, they may experience discharge from the penis, pain during urination, or in rare cases, swollen testicles. Even while asymptomatic, men can still spread gonorrhea to a sexual partner.
To treat Gonorrhea, the CDC strongly recommends a dual therapy involving two antibiotics.. As with Chlamydia, the treatment for gonorrhea will cure the infection but it is not capable of reversing any physical damage. Some strains of gonorrhea have begun developing native resistances to antibiotics which can complicate treatment. This is why a test of cure 4-6 weeks after completing treatment is always recommended to ensure it was effective.
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