Many people erroneously believe that if they have Gonorrhea, Hepatitis B and other se xually transmitted diseases (STD), they would know. The fact is: many STDs do not show early signs or no signs at all in many people who are infected with these illnesses. The signs can be very mild and can most often be overlooked. The only way to know if you are carrying a STD virus is to have either Gonorrhea testing or Hepatitis B testing done.
When should you consider doing a Hepatitis B testing or a Gonorrhea testing? If you’ve been very active in unprotected se x or have more than 1 se xual partners or you keep worrying for being exposed to the STD virus, you can talk to your doctor or health provider about being tested for these most common and leading STDs, not forgetting about Chlamydia, HIV, Herpes, HPV or Trichomoniasis.
Routine Hepatitis B testing is not for the general public. It’s not included in the blood tests that are routinely done. So if you want to get screened for Hepatitis B, you should ask your physician specifically. Many people already got vaccinations for Hepatitis B, but if you have not been immunized and you risk contracting this disease because you have exposure to it. You should request to be tested, even if you are feeling healthy and are not showing any symptoms. Your liver can get damaged, even before the symptoms show.
By getting a Hepatitis B testing done, you will have peace of mind, irrespective of whether the results come out positive or negative. If it is positive, you can go into action — seeking counseling, medication, help and support. If the test is negative, you will be reassured that you are “clean” and do not carry any STD.
The Gonorrhea testing, on the other hand, will allow you to detect signs and symptoms that may not show early. The disease should be treated as early as possible, because otherwise, your blood and joints may be badly affected. Gonorrhea is curable completely with antibiotics, if treatment is done early. Gonorrhea testing involves a highly accurate yet simple urine test. The symptoms, if ever present, may involve swollen testicles, burning sensation when urinating, discharge in men and vaginal bleeding that occurs between menstruations in women.
Several types of tests are done for gonorrhea, which include the identifying and copying the DNA of bacteria that causes Gonorrhea. The urine sample is used in the test or a sample taken from a potentially infected bodily area. Another type of test for Gonorrhea is performed on the collected body fluid from the urethra or the cervix and other potentially infected area. The purpose of this test is to determine the DNA of the Gonorrheal bacteria. Sometimes, samples are collected from the eyes, rectum, urethra, cervix or throat and then combined with bacterial growth inducing material. This test aims to determine whether or not the bacterium is resistant to anti-biotic. All these tests should be conducted even when symptoms are absent!
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