STD testing for men is an essential pre-requisite for beginning the appropriate treatment. It may be discomforting (more of psychologically) to think about testing but the actual process may not be that uneasy. If you are in doubt, consult your health care expert to get things sorted out as early as possible.
The confidentiality of a test is generally maintained and you should opt for testing whenever in doubt as one test can bring considerable difference to your quality of life. STD tests might demand a urine, blood or swab sample. You may also be asked to get your genitals examined. Here is a quick view of some of the major STD testing which might be done.
STD Testing For Men
Depending on your requirement, your doctor can recommend a suited test. Mostly, a Chlamydia test can be done with a urine sample. Sometimes, a swab testing may also be needed, especially when you had oral sex. If you are required to give a swab sample, wipe the area first before collecting the sample. If you suspect Chlamydia, get yourself tested any time irrespective of whether you are having symptoms or not.
Sometimes, your doctor may advice for repeated testing if a test was done within two weeks of having sex. Early diagnosis can ease the treatment pathway. You should be particularly careful of Chlamydia testing if you (or your partner) find any symptoms, had unprotected sex (with another partner), experienced a split condom and there is a possibility of having a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
Gonorrhea, which is a prominent infectious disease in the United States, can be detected through a urine sample. It can also increase your risk for HIV virus infection manifold. With gonorrhea, you can have a pus-like discharge from the urethra. There may also be frequent burning sensation with urination. Untreated gonorrhea may also cause infertility. Although this STD is treatable, experts fear emergence of drug-resistant strains which could make prevention a better option than treatment.
For herpes testing, a swab sample is collected from your sore. This may seem discomforting as the sores can be on the genital or anus.
The initial diagnosis of genital herpes should preferably be made by a GUM specialist. With herpes, you are also likely to be scrutinized for similar symptoms which existed before, a cold sore or a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
Even if the swab examination gives a negative result for HSV, you may be living with the disease which can be confirmed through repeated outbreaks.
Testing for HIV/AIDS can be a dreaded thought. But considering the life-threatening outcomes of this disease, it is very important to get yourself tested if you suspect it. The risk can be more among the black men. Testing involves collecting a blood sample. Testing for HIV/AIDS is especially relevant for men who engage in multiple sexual partners or compromise too often with unprotected sexual contact.
Besides the above, men can also suffer from other STDs including syphilis and human papillomavirus. It can be disheartening when you get to know of your illness. But diagnosing an illness creates optimism for its successful treatment and follow up curable procedures. Remaining ignorant can put you in a deteriorating state which may be deadlier than the disease itself.