Every year in America, 10 million new cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are diagnosed in people aged 15-24, while more than 1.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with chlamydia. This is just in the U.S., not worldwide. Those figures lay bare just how easily STIs can spread, with any form of skin-on-skin contact potentially transferring an infection from one person to another.
It is highly recommended that everyone signs up for an STI screening, as early detection could prevent an infection from developing into something that causes inflammation of the joints, or even your heart. Screening is especially important for anyone who has begun a new sexual relationship, had multiple sexual partners previously, has shared injecting equipment or has had unprotected sex, which is asking for trouble. Indeed, if you think there’s any chance that you may have picked up an STI, be sure to book a screening as soon as you can.
This infographic from Union Quay Medical Centre outlines the steps that are involved in an STI screening so that you’ll at least have an idea of what to expect. It does not sound at all daunting, and this is a classic case of prevention being preferable to cure, so do not downplay the importance of being screened for STIs.