Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) tend to be a topic that people prefer to steer clear of. With that said, contracting an STD is never something to be ashamed of and it’s certainly not uncommon! As a matter of fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that nearly 20 million new STDs occur every year in the United States - those between the ages of 15-24 account for half of these infections .
How do you check for STDs from home?
The best way to confirm or deny if you’ve contracted an STD is by taking a test. If you’d rather not take the trip to the doctors office or clinic, you can check for STDs at home with a fast and reliable at-home STD lab test.
LetsGetChecked’s range of at-home STD tests check for some of the most common bacterial and viral infections with online results in just 5 days. If you have any questions about your results, our dedicated nurses are available to answer your questions! And, should you test positive, prescriptions will be provided free of charge.
Common signs of STDs
Many STDs are renowned for not showing any signs or symptoms - making early detection and treatment vital to avoid any potential long term consequences.
If STD’s do show symptoms, some of the most common include:
- Painful urination
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Rash on the genitals and/or anus
- Itching or irritation on the genitals and/or anus
- Unusual lumps or bumps around the genitals and/or anus
- Change in color of the male or female discharge
- Abnormal discharge in terms of smell, consistency or volume
- Strong vaginal odor
- Painful erections
The most reliable way to check for STDs at home is with an at-home STD test.
You should consider taking the LetsGetChecked STD test if
- You become sexually active
- You have had unprotected sex
- You are experiencing symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection
- You are entering into a new sexual relationship
- You have received a notification from a previous partner that they are infected (STIs can remain dormant for years and/ or take up to three weeks to become detectable.)