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Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are common, but knowledge about them is essential to prevent their spread. STD tests are a crucial tool in identifying and managing these conditions. In this article, we’ll explore what STDs are, who should get tested, where to go for testing, and how these tests are conducted.
STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) and STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) are terms used to describe a group of infections that are primarily transmitted through sexual contact. While these terms are often used interchangeably, they have slightly different meanings:
Anyone who is sexually active, especially with multiple partners or a new partner, should consider getting tested for STDs. Those with a higher risk of exposure, including individuals with multiple sexual partners, may need more frequent testing.
In Singapore, you can get tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) at various healthcare facilities and clinics. Here are some options:
The Department of Sexually Transmitted Infections Control (DSC) Clinic is a government-operated public health clinic that provides STD testing and treatment services.
There are numerous private clinics and medical centres in Singapore that specialise in STD testing services. Here at STD Screening Singapore, we provide caring, compassionate, and non-judgemental expertise on all sexual health and sexually transmitted disease/infection (STD/STI) related issues.
Polyclinics in Singapore, such as those under the SingHealth and National Healthcare Group (NHG), offer various medical services, including STD testing. You can visit a polyclinic near you and consult with a healthcare provider.
Many general practitioners in private clinics provide STD testing and consultation services. You can make an appointment with a GP to discuss your testing needs.
Some online healthcare platforms offer at-home STD testing kits, allowing you to collect samples at home and send them to a laboratory for analysis. Make sure to choose a reputable online service and follow their instructions carefully.
It’s essential to consult with a healthcare provider to determine the most suitable testing method based on your specific concerns and potential exposure. Additionally, consider the privacy and confidentiality of your test results when choosing a testing location.
STD tests work by detecting the presence of specific infections or the markers of these infections in your body. The methods used for testing can vary depending on the type of sexually transmitted disease (STD) being screened. Here’s a general overview of how STD tests work:
It’s important to note that the specific testing method can vary based on the type of STD being screened and the healthcare facility you visit. After getting tested, your healthcare provider will discuss the results with you, provide guidance on any necessary treatment, and offer advice on preventive measures and safe sex practices.
Receiving a positive STD test result can be unsettling, but it’s crucial to take immediate action. Your healthcare provider will discuss treatment options with you, including antibiotics, antiviral medications, or other appropriate therapies. Adhere to the treatment plan prescribed by your healthcare provider. Complete the full course of medication as directed, even if your symptoms improve. Engage in any recommended follow-up appointments to monitor your progress. After treatment, adopt safe sex practices and get regular STD/STI screenings to prevent future infections.Be aware of the risk factors and take steps to reduce your risk, such as limiting the number of sexual partners and using protection.
Remember, most STDs are treatable or manageable, and it is possible to continue having a normal life. It is also essential to notify sexual partners so they can also get tested and treated if necessary. Early detection and treatment are crucial for managing STDs and STIs effectively. With timely medical care and responsible sexual behaviour, many infections can be treated and managed, reducing the risk of complications and transmission to others.
STD tests are vital for protecting your sexual health. They are easy to access and can help identify infections early, allowing for effective treatment and prevention of long-term complications. Regular testing, open communication with sexual partners, and safe sex practices are key to maintaining a healthy sexual life.
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You should consider screening if you have symptoms of a possible STD, if you have had a recent risky exposure (unprotected sex with a casual partner), or both.
Yes, you can. The common misconception is that oral sex is not considered ‘real’ sex and therfore has no risk but the opposite is true. Often oral sex is performed without protection and this is why infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea can pass on through oral sex.
Thankfully the majority can be cured but there are some such as Herpes and HIV that can be treated but not cured. This is why prevention is better than cure and ensuring safe sex goes a long way to reduce your risks.