A Drop of Blood: The Right STD tests

You don't know if you are infected if you haven't been tested! Chlamydia and gonorrhea are often a silent disease, and at least 1/4 HIV patients do not know their status, and only 1/10 women with Herpes know they have that. So the right STD test is very important. What STD tests are best, this is something to gab with your gyno about? Blood tests for HIV? Hepatitis B? Hepatitis C? Syphilis? Previous Chlamydia infection? How about pregnancy test? Maybe a drop can answer a lot of these questions. We don't always have to do whole tube of blood tests, in fact just a drop of blood will do for some of these tests! But for many of these tests you will have to give more.  Just passing your test shouldn't make you not still have safe sex, but knowing your status and getting STD treatment will help you prevent partner infection. A new study just released by the CDC called the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey said that students are having multiple partners and that 40% of new HIV cases are in people under the age of 30 in whom many of these infections could have been prevented! And not everything can be tested for by these bits of blood. Herpes and the HPV viruses need to have swab tests! The Herpes tests used to be cultures, actually growing out the organism, but now for these swab tests we just look for PCR evidence of the infection.
Medscape today reported this quote: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one half of US pregnancies are unintended, 1 in 4 people aged 15 to 20 years contracts an STI each year, and the proportion of women among people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States has tripled during the past 2 decades, from 8% in 1985 to 26% in 2007." So what should you do...well talk to your Gyno Gab Gal. You may not have done enough to protect your self. You may not have even been asked to give that drop of blood. The gyno parent organization...ACOG...http://www.acog.org/ wants all women ages 15 to 65 to be offered at least an HIV test when they come to their gyne...were you?

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