Whether it’s new love, an old flame, or just a casual encounter, with any partner you may find yourself wondering about the possibility of contracting STDs. And you’d be smart to think about it!

Many people wait for the symptoms that they expect to see and end up silently carrying and spreading an STD without knowing it. In reality, not all STDs are going to present as a burning, itching nightmare the day after you’ve been intimate. They can lie dormant in your body for years, or even mimic more common illnesses like the flu.

It’s important that you educate yourself on the nature of STDs, and the importance of regular testing. Many go undetected for long periods of time before they start causing issues. This opens you, and your partner, up to a whole other world of risks. LetsGetChecked knows this, and offers an entire line of safe and effective STD test kits.

Keep reading to learn more about the importance of regular STD testing from the experts at LetsGetChecked.


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Why Should I Get Tested If I Don’t Have Any Symptoms Of An STD?


As of 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a steep increase in the number of STDs being spread across the U.S. Chlamydia alone saw a 22 percent increase in cases, reaching 1.7 million people.

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Gonorrhea cases increased by 67 percent, and some attribute this to the fact that the disease can go undetected in both men and women. This absence of symptoms creates a false sense of security, and many people spread the disease without even knowing it.

It’s important to remember that just because an STD doesn’t present with immediate symptoms doesn't mean that it’s not dangerous. Many STDs can lead to symptoms later on, including cancer or infertility.

It’s also a matter of safety for your current and future sex partners. No one wants to discover that they have a serious STD years after contracting it, and then face the prospect of informing every sexual partner within the ensuing time period.


Which Test Is Right For Me?


If you have any symptoms that are new and that can be tied to a specific sexual encounter, then it’s always advisable to visit your doctor as soon as possible. But, what should you do if you’re asymptomatic, sexually active, and wisely wary of chlamydia, gonorrhea and other diseases?

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LetsGetChecked provides a wide range of sexual health tests that can help you find out if you have an STD, and to come up with a personal health plan from there. Our Complete 10 test looks for the 10 most common STDs and provides accurate results within 2-5 days. This is an easy and relatively comprehensive option for regular checks. The peace of mind is invaluable!

It’s important that you know when and how to take a home test for the most accurate results. These tips can help you prepare:


Don’t Take The Test Too Soon


STDs can have an incubation period that allows them to go unnoticed for up to 90 days before symptoms appear. Some go unnoticed altogether but wreak havoc slowly as they gain momentum within the body.

Taking an STD test too soon can result in a false negative. Unfortunately, far too many people make this mistake and end up missing the prime treatment window. Not all sexually transmitted diseases are curable, making early detection and treatment essential to your health.

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The most effective time period for STD testing is a minimum of three weeks after the sexual encounter. HIV presents a window of 10-90 days when a person may still test negative even though they have the disease. During this time, the carrier could still be transmitting the disease to others. It’s essential to realize the risks that can come when you test too early and continue to stay sexually active without knowing if you’re carrying an STD.

Re-testing after several months have passed is a good way to be sure of your status.


Read: The LetsGetChecked STD List | Signs, Symptoms & When To Test


Written by Hannah Kingston | Approved by Dr. Dominic Rowley