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STD Misinformation That Can Put You At Risk

Sexually transmitted diseases are an unfortunately common problem that many people will experience over the course of their lives. Unfortunately, many individuals will let their personal embarrassment about this topic prevent them from becoming informed. As a result, they may be more vulnerable to believe routine myths about STDs.

Myth: STD Symptoms Always Develop Almost Immediately

There is a common assumption that the symptoms of an STD will manifest almost immediately. In reality, there can be a significant delay between when a person develops an STD, and their symptoms start to present themselves. This can range from weeks to months or years. Regular testing can be essential for allowing these diseases to be diagnosed and treated in the early stages.

Myth: STD Testing Is Always Embarrassing And Time-Consuming

While many individuals will appreciate the importance of undergoing STD testing, they may assume that it will be embarrassing or otherwise inconvenient to undergo this testing. Fortunately, this type of testing is extremely discrete, and it will often take little more than a few minutes for the samples to be taken. Depending on the test that is being taken, it can take several days before the results will be ready, but you may not have to return as the doctor will likely be able to discuss your results over the phone or mail them to you.

Myth: All Birth Control Products Protects Against STD

The availability and improvements in birth control have been revolutionary. However, individuals often assume that all birth control products offer some degree of protection against STDs. In reality, this is not the case. Generally, only barrier birth-control products, such as condoms or diaphragms, offer protection against diseases. Furthermore, it is imperative for these products to be used correctly if they are to provide the expected levels of protection.

Myth: Most STDs Can Not Be Treated

Being diagnosed with an STD can be an embarrassing problem, but many individuals are under the mistaken idea that there are no effective treatments for most STDs. While there are some STDs that are not able to be effectively cured or treated, this is not the case for the majority. In fact, there are many of these diseases that can be treated with antibiotics or other routine medications. Furthermore, individuals with diseases that can not be cured may find that there are many medications that can make it far easier to manage the symptoms and disruptions that their disease causes to their lives. Talk to a doctor about STD treatments.