Understanding the Importance of Regular Testing & Checkups
If you are sexually active, it’s important that you take responsibility for your health by getting tested regularly for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Even if you use a condom or other form of protection such as PrEP, there is still risk involved whenever you have sex.
And while healthy sexual relationships can contribute greatly to your overall quality of life, you must take precautions if you want to keep yourself in good health. No matter what your sexual orientation is, here are three important reasons why you should get tested regularly for STIs and HIV:
Maintain Your Health
In order to maintain your health, you need to get tested for STIs and HIV regularly. While you may feel healthy, you can still be living with an STI even if you’re not feeling or showing any symptoms. The only way to know for sure if you are suffering from a sexually transmitted infection is by getting tested. Regular STI and HIV screenings can help you keep your body healthy and strong.
Protect Your Partners
If you don't know that you have an STI, you can unknowingly spread the infection to others. Along with keeping your own body healthy, keeping your partners' bodies free from disease is a major contributing factor to sexual responsibility.
Treatment Options Can Help Stop The Spread of STIs and HIV
Today, all STIs can be treated effectively through the use of medications. Even HIV, which was once thought of as a death sentence, can be controlled with the use of antiretroviral medications. The only way these drugs can work, though, is by getting tested for sexually transmitted infections, getting properly diagnosed, and receiving the proper treatment.
In order to keep yourself and your partners healthy, you will need to get tested regularly for STIs, including HIV. At CIRCLE CARE Center, we offer testing for all sexually transmitted infections so that you can take control of your sexual health. For more information about our STI and HIV screenings, please contact our office today.