Taking Action – What To Do If You Think You Have An STI
It’s no secret that in the UK, we’re a social bunch, and we like to let loose when it comes to a party or a night out. But taking this fun too far without taking adequate precautions can come at a price – and for this reason, STIs are an all too common part of life in Britain.
Discovering possible STI-related symptoms can be a terrifying experience. Be it discharge, sores or pain when urinating, coming across possible indicators such as these can fill us with dread – and the prospect of going to an STI clinic to get checked out isn’t one many people will relish.
But, if you are displaying symptoms such as these, or think that you may have come into contact with someone who has an STI, it is crucial to get to the bottom of the issue. Left untreated, STIs can have serious long-term effects on your health, and be a risk to those you enter into sexual relations with in the future.
So, if you think you may have contracted an STI, don’t hang around. Take action immediately:
You may think that being tested for STIs is an embarrassing and awkward ordeal, but it likely isn’t as bad as you think. There are a number of clinics around the country now, who offer confidential advice and testing. Most importantly, living with an STI just because you feel uncomfortable seeking help simply isn’t worth it. Your health and that of those around you should always come first.
Stop Having Sex
If you suspect that you may have an STI, it is imperative to limit the possibility of it spreading to others – and also that you avoid compounding the issue of your own health by putting yourself at risk of further infection. So, while you’re waiting for your test results or until you get the go-ahead from your healthcare professional, it is most advisable to abstain from having sex altogether.
Inform Your Previous Partners
This isn’t an enviable position to be in, for sure, but you should always put people’s health above feelings of personal embarrassment. Additionally, the infection you’ve picked up has to have come from somewhere. If you test positive for an STI, make every effort to contact your recent sexual partners, as they may also have been exposed to infection and need to get checked.
Follow Your Treatment Plan
Once you’ve been diagnosed, follow your treatment plan to ensure that you clear your body of infection and make a full recovery. If you don’t follow your doctor’s orders, the infection may not clear up and you may be susceptible to the infection remaining and causing further damage.
Learning the hard way isn’t always the most fun, but it is often a sure-fire route to ensuring that we don’t make the same mistakes twice. To avoid contracting STIs in the future, always practice safe sex. And remember, if you’re in a situation but you’re not sure, don’t do it.
This article is a guest blog written by Richard who has recently been prescribed medication for an STD from Express Doctor as they have been voted number 1 on Trust Pilot in the Drugs and Pharmacy section.