Thinking that you have an STD can be an uncomfortable and embarrassing situation. Thankfully, things like Chlamydia treatment are very straight forward and usually, if an STD is caught in time, then it should not do any permanent damage. Although it can be an attractive prospect to just bury your head in the sand and not deal with the problem, this will increase your chances of having complications further down the line.
Most Doctors and sexual health professionals have seen it all before, so you do not need to feel uncomfortable seeking their help. There are a few things you should do if you think you have an STD.
Contact A Medical Professional Urgently
Many people love to self-diagnose with the help of a search engine. This often ends up being counterproductive. The first problem you encounter here is by convincing yourself that you have something worse than you actually do.
Another thing that is quite common in this situation is thinking that you have something you can ‘just leave’ without getting appropriate treatment for Chlamydia or any other STD you may have. Both your GP and your local sexual health clinic will be able to diagnose you and then prescribe the correct medication.
Tell Your Sexual Partners
This is never going to be an easy conversation to have, so the best thing you can do to start off with is be honest with yourself about how awkward it is going to be. Saying this, it needs to be done. The best thing you can do is to put yourself in your sexual partners shoes. If this was you, you would want to know urgently.
There are a lot of negative connotations that come with telling sexual partners that you have an STD, but you just need to remember to reiterate to them that things like Chlamydia treatment are quick and effective. Regardless of the fact that you are the one with the STD, your sexual partner would still have had to agree to engage in unprotected sex with you, and they would of known for well what the risks are associated with this.
Use Protection In The Future
Unfortunately, contracting an STD if probably the best way to learn the lesson that you should not engage in unprotected sex. Sometimes when you go to the sexual health clinic, there is an element of feeling like they are giving you a lecture, but it is absolutely in your best interest to learn from experience.
Although no protection is 100% safe against getting pregnant, they are very effective against STD’s. If you have used protection and have just been unlucky, then do not let this put you off and think it is not effective. It is always better to be safe than sorry, and if you do use protection there is still a high chance you will be protected against anything nasty. If you are not sure what form of contraception works best for you, then you need to discuss this with a health professional.
Some forms of contraception do not work as well for some people as other do. You also need to remember that although being on the pill prevents pregnancy, it will not protect against STDs.