Should Married Couples Get Tested for STDs?
Erynn Haskins | 1/22/2015, 11:23 a.m.
Do married couples need to get regular STD tests? We tell you the reasons why you and your partner should consider getting an annual check-up.
Many couples believe that once they get married, they no longer have to worry about the possibility of contracting an STD. Well I’m here to tell you this is simply a myth. Getting tested regularly for STDs ensures a healthy sex life and is essential for married couples.
Even if you and your partner have been tested for STDs before having sex or before meeting each other, it is still important to consider the fact that you may not have been tested for everything. Viruses like herpes are not examined in standard STD testing and if left untreated you pose the risk of spreading the virus to your significant other. The only surefire way to know if you or your spouse have herpes is to ask your doctor for a specified test.
Furthermore, The CDC (Center for Disease Control) documented that 50% of adults age 18-44 have never been tested for STDs outside of HIV. This could include you and your spouse.
The truth is married couples tend to abstain from getting tested for STDs because they believe that if they are faithful in their marriage there is no need to. What isn't considered here is the possibility of being infected with an STD that does not show direct symptoms. Herpes and HPV can go for years without showing telltale signs and it isn't uncommon for herpes to be mistaken for other issues. Ninety of those infected with herpes do not even know they have it.
These statistics may scare you but don't go crying to your lover just yet. To ease your mind, it is proven that monogamous couples have a much lower risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases compared to unmarried/divorced adults.
Knowing you and your partner’s status will make your sex life more enjoyable and actually boosts trust within the relationship. Sexual health should be something that is constantly factored in a happy and healthy marriage. It doesn't have to something that’s taboo.
When visiting your doctor, make sure to ask for testing that includes all of the following: HIV, herpes 1&2, hepatitis B &C, chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. Also, women should get regular Pap tests that detect abnormal cells caused by HPV (human papillomavirus). For males and females, screening for genital warts can be provided by a physician.
For information on STD/HIV testing in your area, visit www.stdcheck.com