Anyone who is sexually active is at some level of risk, STDs do not discriminate. Men and women both encounter an equivalent STDs, they usually develop an equivalent symptom, and that they are medically treated equally. So, that being said, are there any differences between men and women when it comes to STDs testing? The short answer is yes.
How is STD Testing Different for Men?
Men and women are at risk of obtaining all of the same STDs. However, because of their anatomy, women bear a disproportionately higher risk of acquiring STDs than men. This is mainly due to the fact that it’s easier for bacteria to develop in the vagina than in the penis, which can lead to the growth of bacterial STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea.
Men will likely find it is easier to notice symptoms than women, and discharge is one of the symptoms. While women regularly have discharge and the consistency can change, discharge in men can be an obvious indicator that something is wrong for men. Men should not, however, simply rely on observing symptoms to self-diagnose an STD, as most STDs do not show any symptoms.
How are STD Tests Performed on Men?
It’s very simple for anyone to get tested for STDs in private clinics:
The tests require either urine or small blood samples, but none of them use penis swabs. Some STD testing providers require men to have bacterial STDs checked by inserting a small cotton swab into the tip of the penis, but all!
For Positive STD Results
If any of your test results come back positive, private clinics have trusted doctors available to talk with you about your diagnosis. Just like any other doctor you’d visit, they can prescribe treatment for positive results and send it to the pharmacy.
Not getting tested out of fear of a positive result is one of the most common reasons people don’t get tested. But ignoring an STD will only make things worse and most STDs can be treated.
For Negative STD Results
A negative STD test result means that you are not currently infected with an STD and you are safe for now. This is typically the point when all of your thoughts and worries are put at ease, but keep in mind that it is possible to test for STDs too early, which can cause false-negative results.
How Often Should Men Get Tested for STDs?
You should get tested for STDs as often as you feel necessary to protect your health. There is no single testing schedule that will apply to everyone. Generally, we suggest getting tested after every new partner and, at the very least, getting tested once per year.
Wrapping Things Up
All in all, straight men may actually have it easier when it comes to the whole STD thing. They’re a little less likely to acquire bacterial STDs, like gonorrhea and chlamydia; if symptoms are present, then men may notice sooner. Plus, they have a 0% chance of transmitting STDs to their children when giving birth (because they can’t give birth, obviously).
If you haven’t been tested for STDs within the past year, if you aren’t a fan of using protection, or if you have multiple partners, you should consider getting tested in private clinics.