STDs, or sexually transmitted diseases, strike fear into the hearts of young and old. Teens and young adults are afraid for themselves, while adults fear for their children – and in some cases, need the assurance they haven’t contracted something through their own sexual activity.

Unfortunately, STDs are far from common. “One in two sexually active persons will contract an STI by age 25,” says the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA). “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly 20 million new STIs occur every year in this country, half of those among young people aged 15–24.” (1)

Take gonorrhea. According to recent statistics, there were more than 700 cases of gonorrhea per 100,000 women aged 20-24, and more than 680 men per 100,000. (2) Keep in mind that those are only the cases that have been reported, doubtless making the statistics considerably higher. Given the nature of gonorrhea and the potential consequences, it’s important you avoid it wherever possible.

What Is Gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae, a bacteria that is passed through sexual fluids during oral, anal and vaginal sex. It can also enter the eyes and mouth if you contaminate them with a hand covered with bodily fluids.

This disease is also referred to as “the clap” (which is not actually chlamydia, as many people believe). According to Medical News Today, “Globally, there are an estimated 78 million new cases of gonorrhea diagnosed each year. In the United States alone, there are an estimated 820,000 new gonorrhea infections each year.” (3)

How Can You Avoid Gonorrhea?

The best way to avoid this disease is to practice safer sex. That means:

  • Wearing condoms or other barrier devices with unknown partners
  • Having sex in full awareness of your choices, i.e. when you are sober
  • Avoiding multiple partners at once, where possible
  • Asking your partner about their sexual history
  • Asking your partner to get tested before you have unprotected sex with them
  • Getting tested yourself before you have unprotected sex

Why Should You Get Tested?

Testing is the best way to spread the halt of disease. If you know you have something, you’re better able to control the symptoms, alert sexual partners and explain how they can keep themselves safe, and get cures where possible.

Despite this, says the ASHA, “Even though young people account for half of new STI cases, a recent survey showed only about 12% were tested for STIs in the last year.” That means 88 percent of the population continued to have sex without knowing whether or not they were clean. Not only do you put yourself at risk when you do that, but you help to spread disease and contribute to the devastating consequences of STDs. For instance, according to the ASHA (4):

  • Undiagnosed STDs cause 24,000 women to become infertile each year
  • At least 80% of sexually active people will have an HPV infection at some point
  • About 1 in 8 people aged 14-49 in the U.S. has genital herpes
  • 1.1 million people in the US are living with HIV, and 1 in 7 of them don’t know it

Moreover, pregnant women can pass gonorrhea to babies during delivery, where it can cause serious health problems. It also leads to pelvic inflammatory disease, which is painful and may cause fertility problems.

It hardly bears explanation why we would want to prevent the above, and the countless other consequences that follow sexual infection. The good news is, there’s a test for that – and you might like it more than you think.

What Is a Test Kit?

One of the biggest problems with getting tested is the stigma and embarrassment that comes with going in for a test. Because of this, many people would rather bury their heads in the sand – leading to all of the above problems.

But what if there were a different way? What if instead of going to Planned Parenthood or the doctor, alerting your insurance company, paying for a doctor’s visit and dealing with the humiliation, you could avoid that unless absolutely necessary?

Now you can, with iDNA’s  home test kit offering complete privacy and comfort. You order it online and take it yourself in your own home. Only if you get a positive result do you have to call your doctor. Otherwise, you can assure yourself year after year that you are clean, and assure your partners as well, all without booking time-consuming and embarrassing appointments.

How Does It Work?

The test offered by iDNA uses the same techniques that doctors employ to test you, so you can rest assured that we don’t compromise the results in any way. You simply take the test at home, then send it to a lab that specializes in sexually transmitted diseases. They work 7 days a week to deliver top-of-the-line results, while you track the entire process through your phone, and are alerted as soon as possible.

From start to finish, your testing process is supported by a team of professionals, from scientists to technologists, who will keep you informed and answer any questions you might have. We never outsource our customer care, so you can rely on us to be here whenever you need us.

How Can You Get a Kit?

It’s easy to get an iDNA test today. All you have to do is order online and wait for it to come in the mail. We ship in discreet packages, so you don’t have to worry about someone else in your household finding out until and unless you’re ready to tell them. With an easy testing process, simple registration and fast results, you’ll have the information you need as soon as possible.

Don’t wait to play your part in increasing the sexual health of your partnership, country and world as a whole. Order today!

References:

(1) Statistics. (2019). Retrieved from http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/stdsstis/statistics/

(2) Gonorrhea Statistics. (2017). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/std/gonorrhea/stats.htm

(3) What to Know About Gonorrhea. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/155653.php

(4) Statistics. (2019). Retrieved from http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/stdsstis/statistics/