How Hepatitis B Is Spread, And How You Can Prevent It With STD Testing

While HIV, or AIDs, tends to get a lot of the media attention when it comes to sexually transmitted diseases, there are actually lots of other diseases that can be deadly and difficult to detect and cure. Hepatitis B is one of those STDs that can be very dangerous and many people that have it are unaware for quite some time. Here are some of the symptoms to watch out for and how you can test for it and get treated as well.

Unvaccinated People Are At Risk

The risk factors for Hepatitis B are those that have multiple sex partners, adults that have never been vaccinated, and long-time sex partners of those with chronic Hepatitis B. When it comes to transmitting it through sexual activity, it’s very contagious, and in fact, it is the most common way of contracting the disease in the US.

Even after the infection is over, you can still show signs of having had the disease with a simple blood test. Up to 40% of those tested for all STDs show positive to having had hepatitis B at some time in the past, or a current infection. This is a huge number, and one that could be lessened by more vaccinations within the sexually active community.

It’s Important That All People Going In For Testing Get The Vaccination Anyway

Studies have shown that almost 40% of all patients that end up with acute hepatitis B were at some point treated in an STD clinic and failed to get the vaccination. It’s clear that the group of people that do get tested for any sexually transmitted disease are at a higher risk of contracting Hepatitis B than the population as a whole. I had a friend who made this same mistake after getting STD testing in Bakersfield. He regretted it after the fact and now advocates to everyone he knows about the dangers. 

Just a quick vaccination is all that is needed to prevent Hepatitis B in nearly everyone, and the more people that get the vaccination the fewer carriers there will be in the general population to spread the disease. For this reason all adults should be offered the vaccination and given a short speech on how important it is.

In addition to those seeking STD testing, all sexually active adults should also be vaccinated as well as any sex partner of a person that already has chronic Hepatitis B.

There Are Home STD Tests Available For Those Wishing Privacy

If you don’t feel comfortable going to the local county clinic, there are many in most larger cities, then there is also the alternative of getting a home test sent directly to you in a discreet package. These tests are up to 98% accurate and easy for almost anyone to do. The great thing about most of these tests is they give results immediately, or in about 15 minutes, with no waiting to hear back from the lab.

If you’re hesitant to do your own testing, the alternative for anonymous testing is to go to an STD lab and have them draw your blood. You don’t have to give them your name, or you can make one up, pay your cash and have the results in just a few minutes. They are very professional, discreet, and very experienced since they do testing all day long. The at-home tests can usually be purchased online at about $25 each, you’ll want to test for HIV, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Hepatitis A and B all at the same time, if you can afford it. There are also tests for Syphilis and Hepatitis C available, and you should take those too if you have any doubts whatsoever.

Getting STD tested for all of the different diseases is important, not only for peace of mind but in order to begin treatment immediately. Many of the diseases are preventable or curable if caught early. But some of them can be deadly if left unattended to.

What You Need To Know About STD Testing

STD testing is a medical testing used to identify whether one has a sexually transmitted disease. However, there is no single standard test used to determine the kind of STD a person is suffering from. There are very many reasons why you should go for an STD testing.

Anybody who is sexually active should ensure they receive routine STD testing. This does not only refer to people who take part in vaginal intercourse but people who participate in a sexual activity of any kind. The risk of contracting STD is high among those with more than one sexual partner.

STD testing can be done at a local lab or a doctor’s office. There are very many types of STDs and different ways of testing. Some of the most common tests include urine, blood tests, and cell samples. Depending on possible symptoms and sexual history, your doctor may have to take multiple tests.

The medical professional will take the sample and look at it under the microscope. He or she will then mix it with another substance or use some other scientific processes to help identify any infections if they are present.

The test will help you determine if you have any symptoms that may lead to STD. after you have been tested, you may recommend an STD testing for your partner especially if you are planning to get married or if you want to have a baby.

Expectant mothers may have to undergo testing in order to protect the baby. Before donating blood, an STD testing will be carried out to ensure that the blood donated is not infected to avoid passing any infections to the recipient.

The doctor will recommend that you undergo STD testing for Chlamydia, Cervical cancer, gonorrhea and HIV. However, if you are pregnant you need to undergo STD testing to check if you have Syphilis, Hepatitis B, bacterial vaginosis and HIV.

These tests are mostly carried out during the first prenatal check up. Doctors will also recommend undergoing another test during the third trimester to help ensure that you have not contracted any infections in between visits.

STD testing is very important. As with many diseases, the sooner it is done, the better it is. This is because of the fact that if earlier discovered, it will be easier to treat. If you have any symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease it is good to have yourself and your partner tested.  I would suggest heading to the place that has worked for me well, STD testing in Louisville. Though it might be far away from some of you, they had the best service and were very kind. 

If you have more than one sexual partner, go for STD testing yearly. STD testing will help protect your partner’s health and the health of your future partners too. This is because most of the people who transmit STDs mostly don’t know that they have it. That is why a simple test is very important.

Most males are usually afraid of going for testing because they think that it involves a painful procedure like inserting a tube into the penis. However, this is not true since the doctors in most cases only require you to take blood samples or urine.

Most of the people are concerned about confidentiality and think that others may know their condition. However, there is no need for you to worry since the results will be kept confidential between you and your doctor. The testing process is coded and some STD clinics will not archive the results.

STD testing is only carried out with the consent of the patient. It is not included in any general or annual check-ups. Never trust self-testing kits online or over the counter kits because they may lead to wrong results and make you believe that you are not infected when in fact you may be infected.