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How Do You Know?

How does a person know if he or she has an STD?
~ Wanna Be STD Aware

Dear STD Aware,

Your question is an excellent one. A lot of STDs can exist within a person without showing any initial symptoms. Because a person doesn't see any symptoms, he/she may not be aware they are carrying an STD and as they have sexual relations with other people, they spread the STD to that person.

It is possible for you to be carrying an STD and not know it. That's why it is vitally important that everyone get an STD test. If you've ever had unprotected sexual relations with another person, its very important to get tested. Be open and honest with your doctor (or the STD clinic doctor if you go to one that specializes in STDs) and have a full test done (including blood test).

Many clinics will mail the results to you. And if all your results are negative then you can be a little more secure in knowing you don't have one. If any come back positive then you can get proper treatment before the STD gets worse. Some STDs may not show any symptoms until they've gone through several phases in your body and are the most damaging to your system.

Get tested so that you can have peace of mind or get treated. Only then will you truly know whether or not you have an STD.


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Only a physician can properly diagnose whether or not you have an STD. Thus it is important that you get an STD test done if you have a concern. None of the advice given in this column is a substitute for physician advice.

If you think you may have a sexually transmitted disease, you should see a physician immediately to be properly diagnosed and treated. You should not try to diagnose or treat symptoms on your own.

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