Many STD’s are asymptomatic for long periods, which mean that many people don’t even know that they have an infection. Undiagnosed STD’s can cause serious additional medical risks in both males and females and this is why you should have a STD test if you are worried that you have an infection or have multiple partners.
If untreated, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s) such as Chlamydia and gonorrhoea can cause infertility in both men and women, and could increase the risk of a miscarriage or premature births during pregnancy.
There is also an increased risk of cancer for both sexes; men who have a history of gonorrhoea are more likely to develop prostate cancer, whereas women with a history of HPV (genital warts) are more likely to develop cervical cancer.
If you have been diagnosed with an STD, it is important to have a full STD test, as there is an increased risk of having other sexually transmitted infections. There is also a risk of the infection being passed onto a child during labour; this can be a serious problem and can cause adverse health conditions such as severe neurological damage, blindness and even death.
If you are worried about STD’s, it is important you book an STD test. Better2Know can provide a range of STD tests, including the Full STD Screen and the Peace of Mind Screen.