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Traditional methods for detecting HIV (HIV antibody test) and other STDs may require a waiting time of as long as 3 months. Early detection of HIV by advanced HIV PCR technology can greatly reduce the time you have to wait for reliable test results. This means you no longer have wait 3 months to know your HIV status. We also provide testing for early detection of STDs like chlamydia, N. gonorrhea and even genital herpes.

STDs and HIV are closely related. In fact, according to the CDC, having an STD makes you between two and five times more likely to obtain HIV if exposed to it. Unfortunately, the symptoms of an STD can mimic those of other diseases. STDs can also be completely symptomless, putting people at risk every day without them being aware of the risks. The only surefire way to know whether or not you have an STD is with early, professional STD testing.

STD Protection

How are STDs and HIV Related?

Anyone that is exposed to the HIV virus is at risk for contraction of the disease, but it has been proven that those that already have an STD are at higher risk of not only contracting HIV but also spreading it if HIV and an STD are both present in an individual. The diseases are spread through sexual contact and might not even be known at the time of contact. That being said, how do STDs actually make you more susceptible?

  • Open ulcers – STDs cause ulcers in the genitals, which gives open access for the HIV virus to enter a person’s system.
  • Inflammation of cells – These same ulcers can cause inflammation, which increases the number of cells that are disbursed in the secretions during sexual intercourse, which can pose a higher risk for HIV transmission.

Studies have shown that men that have HIV along with an STD, such as gonorrhea, are ten times more susceptible of releasing the virus in their semen than men that have HIV alone.

STD Detection is Essential for HIV Patients

Early STD detection is essential for effective treatment of any patient. HIV causes a great degree of immune dysfunction, which makes it more difficult to administer effective treatment STDs or even prevent them from reoccurring. Unfortunately, those that are affected with HIV often go overlooked for further STD testing when they need it possibly more than those that do not currently have HIV.

STD Detection Can Prevent HIV

People that do not currently have HIV can subsequently prevent the contraction of the disease by participating in early detection and treatment, when necessary. Anyone should receive STD tests when they feel that they have been put at risk. This includes anytime that a new sexual partner is acquired or if you discover that you’ve been with multiple partners that haven’t been tested. In addition, the CDC recommends the following routine testing for STDs:

  • Anyone that is sexually active or adults up to the age of 64 should be tested at least once in their life for HIV.
  • Women under the age of 25 that are sexually active should have an annual chlamydia screening.
  • Women over the age of 25 that change sexual partners should be screened for chlamydia.
  • Women at risk (sexually active with new or multiple partners) should receive annual gonorrhea testing.
  • All pregnant women should be tested for a variety of STDs including HIV, chlamydia, syphilis, Hepatitis B, and gonorrhea.
  • All men should be tested annually for a variety of STDs including syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia if sexually active with different partners. If men have sex with other men (different partners often) more frequent testing is suggested.

The Benefits of Early STD Detection

The relationship between STDs and HIV is nothing to take lightly. The only way to lower your risk, especially if you are sexually active with different partners, is through prevention techniques like regular testing.

  • Early detection equals early treatment – Sexually transmitted diseases that are in a current flare-up, such as herpes, can make it easy to acquire HIV or transmit it during a sexual act. The open sores give an opening for the virus to enter a person’s body, or the ability to transmit the disease in sexual secretions, much higher.
  • Prevent permanent damage – Chlamydia and gonorrhea both carry the large risk of causing irreparable damage to a person’s reproductive system, including infertility and chronic pain. In addition, syphilis can cause organ damage and premature death if left untreated.
  • Decreased stress – Not knowing whether or not you have an STD can be very troublesome, negatively impacting your mental health and your outlook on life. Getting early testing and having the results in your hand can help to decrease your stress or allow you to receive early treatment. Most STDs are curable when caught early enough.

The Only Choice

The only way to ensure the health of you and your partners is by getting routine STD testing performed. If you wait too long or avoid taking what is essentially a painless routine test, you could be putting your life as well as the lives of others at risk. Are you willing to take that risk?

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Source:

“STD & HIV Screening Recommendations.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 17 Mar. 2014. Web. 24 Apr. 2014.