Just a friendly reminder to my tumblr followers to get tested regularly if you are sexually active. Not just for HIV, but for other STIs as well.
The most common STIs out there (chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes) might not even show you symptoms. A large chunk of the population experience no symptoms whatsoever, which help spread the infection. That’s why it’s important to get tested regularly. You might not even know that you have it, but it may cause complications down the line in terms of pregnancy complications and infertility—not to mention make you more susceptible to contracting HIV.
In the case of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis—they are highly treatable with antibiotics. Herpes (being a viral infection), has medicine to relieve symptoms and prevent outbreaks but cannot be completely treated.
There are free testing facilities in many places all over the U.S. (check at your local County’s Public Health website), and they may even provide you with free medication (or highly subsidized) as well if you do discover that you have contracted an STI.
Have fun, be safe. :)
And many places in Australia offer free testing facilities as well.
In Western Australia, free and confidential testing is available at:
- the B2 clinic, Fremantle Hospital - 9431 2149
- Ainsley House, Royal Perth Hospital - 9224 2178
- Quarry Health Centre, for Under 25s - 9227 1444
- the M Clinic, for men who have sex with men - 9227 0734